Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Idaho Falls Attorney to Challenge Mike Simpson in GOP Primary

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Eight-term Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson already has a GOP challenger for his 2014 race for a ninth stint in the U.S. House.

The Associated Press reports that Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith, 51, has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Simpson in the May 2014 Republican primary.

Simpson, 62, practiced as a dentist before he first ran for office in 1980. He was elected to the Blackfoot City Council, seven times to the Idaho House, became the Speaker of the Idaho House and ran for the U.S. House in 1998, where he sits on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.

Smith is a graduate of California's McGeorge School of Law and has practiced law in Idaho since 1991. He specializes in commercial law, personal injury and construction litigation for Smith, Driscoll and Associates.

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