Justin Simmons is serving his third term as state representative for the 131st Legislative District. During the 2015-16 legislative session, he has been appointed to serve on the Insurance, Liquor Control, Transportation and Urban Affairs committees.
During the 2013-14 session, Justin was the prime sponsor of a new law that gives thousands of homeless children in Pennsylvania a chance for a healthy and productive life. Act 143 of 2014 qualifies homeless youngsters under age 3 for tracking which allows them to receive critical early intervention services.
Justin was born in Pennsylvania, raised in the Lehigh Valley and graduated from Southern Lehigh High School and Saint Joseph’s University.
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Justin’s political experience also includes serving as Republican committeeman within Lehigh County and as president of the Lehigh Valley Young Republicans.
Justin is an advocate for the business community, a stance evidenced by legislative priorities that include fighting to lower the corporate business tax, elimination of the Capital Stock Franchise Tax and passage of the federal Marketplace Fairness Act. On the education front, he would like to ban teacher strikes and he favors real education reform.
Justin’s solution to balancing the state budget, especially in this tough economic climate, is based on cutting government spending as opposed to the tax-and-spend policies of the Rendell administration. Justin vows to fight for “true” property tax relief. Realizing that the current school property tax system is unfair and out of date, he will evaluate every proposal and meet with citizens who bring better ideas to the table to reduce the burden of property taxes – especially on senior citizens.
Legislation sponsored by Justin, signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, expands the use of voter approval of local government borrowing in home rule counties. Act 160 of 2012 is a significant victory for Pennsylvania taxpayers because it gives them a greater voice in how their money is spent.
Justin also favors selling the state liquor stores, reducing the size of the state Legislature and eliminating wasteful spending. He also supports part-time status for members of the General Assembly and operating on a two-year budget cycle.
With an eye toward saving taxpayers' dollars, Justin has promised to refuse per diems, a state-owned vehicle and a pension.
Justin and his wife Erica reside in Upper Saucon Township. They have a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Bailey and a West Highland White Terrier named Toby.
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