Statement of Mike Simpson

I'm Congressman Mike Simpson and I'm asking for your support this November for the following reasons.

First, I care deeply about Idaho, its citizens, and its future. I strive everyday to protect Idaho's interests in the United States Congress and represent Idaho's values as your Congressman.

Second, I listen closely to the views of my constituents because I believe they are the real experts. I read the mail I receive, speak daily with Idahoans, and make sure I know how they feel before I cast my vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Third, I've worked hard over the past eight years to reach out to my colleagues on both sides of the isle and form bi-partisan relationships that are crucial to helping our state. I'm working with North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy to protect the interest of farmers and ranchers in our nation's trade negotiations. I'm working with Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson to promote our state's potato and sugar industries. And I've reached out to other Democrats to promote common sense initiatives that are important to liberal and conservative alike.

Fourth, I have a solid record of accomplishment on your behalf. As a member of the House Resources Committee and the House Agriculture Committee for four years, I've been a constant voice in support of Idaho's farmers and ranchers. I helped write the 2002 Farm Bill which is now the cornerstone of an increasingly healthy ag economy and worked to protect Idaho's ranchers from onerous federal land restrictions.

I've worked hard to secure a bright, new future for the Idaho National Laboratory and strengthen Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field. And I've stood firm with President George W. Bush to push through tax cuts that are now helping to stimulate our economy and put people back to work.

No issue, however, is more important to me than education. I was one of the first Republican members of the House of Representatives to call for changes to the No Child Left Behind Act in order to make it more flexible for rural states like Idaho. I'm proud to say that my work has earned me the support of Idaho's teachers and I'll continue working hard to ensure their voices are heard in Idaho, and in Washington, DC.

As a current member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am working hard to bring new economic opportunities to Idaho. My first priority as a member of the Appropriations Committee was to bring new resources to Idaho's institutions of higher learning - and I'm proud to say I've been successful in that effort.

I've secured millions of dollars for vital research programs at Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho. With your support, I pledge to continue working for Idaho education.

I consider my work on your behalf to be the greatest honor of my life. I ask for your vote on November 7, and pledge to continue working hard as your Representative.