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State Rep. Simpson won’t seek reelection when term expires; first elected to General Assembly in 1994

NKyTribune staff

State Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, has announced he will not seek reelection when his term expires at the end of 2018.

Rep. Simpson

Simpson released the following message on his Facebook page:

“It is my hope that all will have a happy and joyful New Year.

With the commencement of the new year, I will begin my 25th year of service in the Kentucky House of Representatives. After much reflection, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2018. I appreciate the support received during my tenure and know that there are numerous individuals in the district who have the talent, capacity and vision to represent our community in an admirably manner. It is my hope that making my intentions known at this time will afford those who may have interest in pursuing the seat an adequate opportunity to discuss the matter with family and friends as well gauging community support prior to reaching their decision.

Once again, thanks for affording me the privilege and honor of serving you and have a great 2018.”

Simpson, 65, represents Northern Kentucky’s House District 65. He also previously served as city manager of Covington and was the first African American to hold that position.

Simpson was first elected to represent Northern Kentucky’s House District 65 in 1994 and has won each subsequent re-election to the Kentucky General Assembly.

Despite holding office in a region dominated by Republican elected officials, Simpson has been unopposed in the General Election since capturing the seat.

When Republicans seized control of the State House in 2016, giving them control of both chambers of the General Assembly, Simpson took it in stride, saying, “I’m used to being in the minority.”

Simpson is a graduate of Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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  1. g p says:

    I like Representative Simpson. He was conservative. He should have an “R” after his name.

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