"I'm running for Delegate to defend our shared values - quality education, access to affordable health care, retirement security, and safe streets for every neighborhood."
Born and raised in Prince George's County, Maurice Simpson is a lifelong District 24 resident and product of our public school system. He began his political activism after graduating from Charles H. Flowers High School in 2007, working to elect two-term President Barack Obama.
Simpson is a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University and is completing his last year as an evening law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He prides himself on his advocacy initiatives which include: raising the minimum wage, equal funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), juvenile justice and student debt reform, college affordability, and affordable housing.
As President of the Prince George’s County Young Democrats and an At-Large member of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Youth Council, Maurice successfully advocated to pass legislation that ended Maryland's practice of holding young people ages 14-17 that are automatically charged as adults in adult jails.
While studying political science in Atlanta, Maurice worked on several political campaigns, including: Students for Barack Obama 2008, an Atlanta City Council race and Mayor Kasim Reed’s successful campaign in 2009. After graduation, Maurice returned to Maryland and worked tirelessly on President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and the Maryland Democratic Coordinated Campaign. He was also active with statewide ballot initiatives, including the Maryland Dream Act. During the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Maurice worked as a field organizer for now-Congressman Anthony G. Brown, Maryland's first African-American nominee for Governor.
Professionally, Maurice provides legal, fiscal and policy research support to the Prince George's County Council where he analyzes how State law impacts county government and makes recommendations for future legislation. Prior to joining the Council’s legislative team, he served as a research assistant at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he conducted legislative, legal and social science research on federal sentencing guideline policy. Maurice also interned for the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, was appointed Junior Deputy Clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and served as a legislative aide for a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives.
A leader amongst his peers, Maurice continues to expand his platform, serving as a regular political and social commentator on #OffScript with Bruce Johnson on CBS affiliate WUSA 9 and "5 @6:30" on Fox 5 DC, debating current political news and current events. Outside of politics, he 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’s civic engagement and community leadership has garnered him one of the DMV’s “Top 30 Under 30″ leaders by Radio One’s 93.9 WKYS and “FORTY Under 40” by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Stay connected with Maurice by following him @MauriceforMD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.