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Mulvaney taps Simpson for chief of staff position

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By Jesef Williams

Lancaster native Al Simpson will be Mick Mulaney’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C.
Mulvaney, who will be sworn in Jan. 5 as the 5th District U.S. House representative, has been busy preparing for his new role, which includes selecting an office, meeting federal officials and appointing a staff.
Simpson will be in charge of managing Mulvaney’s staff, which will include between 12 to 15 people. He will oversee constituent services and make sure events run according to schedule.
Simpson officially accepted the offer earlier this month.
“It’s a great opportunity to serve,” Simpson said. “I’m just really looking forward to getting up there and getting involved.”
Simpson, 50, plans to rent a house in Washington, where he will work full time. He said his schedule will allow him to be back in Lancaster at least one week each month.
Two weeks ago, Simpson resigned as general manager of SDL Atlas LLC in Rock Hill. The company makes testing equipment for the textile and apparel industries.
He had held that position nine years.
Simpson is a former chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party and served on the S.C. Board of Education from 2006 through 2009. He was the board’s chairman in 2008.
While the county’s GOP chairman, Simpson said he recruited Mulvaney to run for the state House in 2006. Simpson has supported Mulvaney ever since.
Mulvaney said he considered a few other people to be his chief of staff, but ultimately decided to appoint Simpson.
“Al has been a trusted adviser for a long time,” Mulvaney said. “He runs an office tighter than anybody I’ve ever seen.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152