Maurice Simpson, Jr., is a rising star in the Democratic Party. With over 60,000 votes, he was elected one of the youngest Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
As president of the Prince George’s County Young Democrats (PGCYD)and a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Youth Council, Maurice works to increase the social and political activism of young people and serves as a voice for Millennials of color throughout the country.
Simpson’s advocacy portfolio includes: raising the minimum wage, equal funding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), juvenile justice reform, free college tuition and Millennial entrepreneurship.
Most recently, under Maurice’s direction, PGCYD partnered with Just Kids Maryland, a youth advocacy group, to successfully pass legislation that ended Maryland's practice of holding young people who are automatically charged as adults in adult jails. In 2013, Maurice organized around the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland’s top priority — parity funding for the state’s four HBCUs.
Simpson traveled the state building a coalition of hundreds of students and advocates to call on lawmakers and the Governor to increase higher education funding, which directly contributed to an additional $4 million in the state budget specifically for the HBCUs.
While studying political science in Atlanta, Maurice worked on several political campaigns, including: Students for Barack Obama 2008, Alvelyn Sanders for Atlanta City Council and Mayor Kasim Reed’s successful campaign in 2009. Additionally, he served as a legislative aide to a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. In 2012, Maurice worked tirelessly on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Maryland Democratic Coordinated Campaign, focusing on youth mobilization. He was also active with local grassroots campaigns on state ballot initiatives, including the Maryland Dream Act. During the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Maurice worked as a field organizer for Anthony Brown, Maryland's first African-American nominee for Governor. In 2016, Simpson was asked by the Hillary Clinton campaign to lead their grassroots efforts in Prince George’s County where his team delivered 88% of the vote.
Outside of politics, Maurice serves on the board of the Maryland Community Development Corporation and is an active member of the Prince George’s County NAACP and First Baptist Church of Glenarden.
Maurice received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University in May 2011 where he was elected Senior Class President and inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Association and is pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of Baltimore School of Law as a part-time evening student.