Republican state Rep. Justin Simmons — dogged by high absenteeism criticism and fund-raising problems — has ended his short-lived campaign to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent in the 15th Congressional District. Simmons, 31, state representative from Upper Saucon, made his announcement this morning in a news release issued by his campaign. He cited family commitments as the father of a young daughter in his decision.
A Morning Call analysis revealed this week that state Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st District, has missed more than 500 votes during his tenure in Harrisburg. Simmons broadly dismissed questions about his attendance records, pointing to life events such as his wedding and the birth of his child, which explain less than one-quarter of the missed votes. Here’s what Lehigh Valley voters should know about his record as Simmons seeks to represent the 15th Congressional District:1.
From their blue eyes to their relative youth to their conservative principles, state Reps. Justin Simmons and Ryan Mackenzie may be difficult for voters to tell apart as they seek a promotion to Congress. But the fellow Republicans’ similarities end at their attendance rates in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Simmons has missed 28 daily roll calls and missed 498 legislative votes since taking office in January 2011, a Morning Call analysis of House records shows.
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