About Paul

Hon._Paul_Simpson165_web.jpg Working to elect conservative leaders has been a passion of mine ever since I was in high school. I realized at a young age the best way for me to have a voice in our democracy was working to elect conservative public officials to office. Working alongside other dedicated volunteers and activists is what inspired me to run for Harris County GOP Chair in 2014. We’ve revitalized the party since that first victory, and are looking toward even more improvements in the coming years. 

Since I was 13 years old, I have helped elect Republicans to almost every office in local, state and federal government. Growing up in and around New Orleans, I first joined the Louisiana Teen-Age Republicans at 13, was elected state chair at sixteen, and named a National Outstanding Teen-Age Republican. 

Once in college at Rice University, my activism for conservative values never wavered. I was active in student government and chaired the Young Republicans. During the summers, in addition to construction and offshore oil field work jobs, I worked for a national conservative organization to recruit and mobilize young people for conservative Republican Congressional campaigns in Michigan and Iowa. 

After I graduated from Rice, with degrees in history and engineering, I went to work as an engineer in the oil industry.  While working full-time in the oil and gas business, I put myself through law school at night, graduating with honors from the University of Houston law school.  My law practice primarily involves oil and gas disputes and transactions, and I am currently a partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore. 

While working and raising my family, I was a foot solider for Harris County Republicans, working in the grassroots as a precinct chair and serving stints as legal counsel and treasurer of the Party. I then decided to do more for our party and ran for Harris County Republican Party Chair. We needed fresh ideas and real change to protect our county from being overtaken by liberal Democrats. Since my election in 2014, we’ve transformed the party into a fundraising powerhouse, cultivated a growing grassroots army, and implemented a party infrastructure to help elect strong conservative leaders to public office. 

In addition to being a husband, father, lawyer and GOP activist, I serve as a lector at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church and previously served as the president of the Pastoral Council and Committee Chair of the Boy Scout Troop.  I’ve also served as president of St. Catherine’s Montessori School, overseeing a multi-million-dollar capital campaign, and served for four years on the board of Incarnate Word Academy in downtown Houston.

I’ve been married to the love of my life, Kathy, for more than 34 years. We have two children – a son and daughter, who both still live in Houston, are graduates of Franciscan University, and are proud Republicans!