OCYR May meeting with special guest FL Senator David Simmons 5/8/12

David Simmons is the State Senator for District 22, serving Orange and Seminole Counties. He took office on November 3, 2010, and was sworn in as our new State Senator on November 16, 2010.

David is chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K – 12 Appropriations. He is a member of the Committees on Budget, Agriculture, Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education Appropriations, Judiciary, and Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections. He is also a Republican Majority Whip.

During the 2011 Legislative Session, David sponsored several important pieces of legislation. These included improving the business market for spaceflight tourism companies; providing a reasonable and flexible implementation of the class size amendment; giving a property tax break to active military members deployed abroad; de-regulating telephone service to provide more competition and benefit both consumers and businesses; and solidifying and protecting private property rights.

David was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 through 2008. From his experience in the House, David gained expertise in a broad spectrum of issues that are important in our State. The Orlando Sentinel consistently rated David Simmons as one of the most effective Legislators in Central Florida. In 2007, speaking about David’s accomplishments, The Sentinel said that David Simmons is “the definition of substance over style.” In 2008, The Sentinel said David was the House’s problem solver. Just recently, the Sentinel rated David as a leader in the Senate.

David was responsible for obtaining the funding for the University of Central Florida’s highly acclaimed Interactive Entertainment Academy; obtaining significant funding for Seminole Community College, including its new Altamonte Springs campus; being a major force behind the legislation that saved nursing homes for our senior citizens during the 2001 nursing home crisis; sponsoring the landmark Florida constitutional amendment that passed requiring 60% approval by voters of any amendment to our constitution; and rewriting Florida law so as to permit citizens to stand their ground in self defense of themselves and their family members, which became model legislation used throughout the United States and the world. With persistence and dedication David worked tirelessly to change the education funding formula to bring an additional $100 million to Central Florida schools.

The Florida Sheriffs’ Association, the Florida Medical Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Florida Restaurant Association have awarded David Legislator of the Year Awards. He received the Faith and Family Award from the Christian Coalition of Florida. Recently, Association Industries of Florida named David as a Champion of Business.

David was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated first in his class in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University in 1974. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School, one of the nation’s premier law schools, where he has served on its National Council.

David is the financial managing partner of de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP, one of the largest law firms in Central Florida with over 50 attorneys. He is board certified by The Florida Bar both in Business Litigation and Civil Trial. He is also board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He holds the highest ranking an individual attorney can receive (AV) as designated by Martindale-Hubbell Directory. He is known as one of Central Florida’s premier commercial litigation attorneys.

David has lived in Florida since 1977 and has a long history of public service in Florida. Most importantly, he is the father of two beautiful girls, Krysia (16) and Alicya (13), who are the love of his life. He and his family attend Annunciation Catholic Church.


Doors open at 6:00 with drinks served

Parking: Free parking in garage on Pine St. – Bring your ticket to be validated. Free parking also along streets after 6:00.

If you are able, please bring supplies to support our fighting men & women overseas – we will continue to collect supplies for our troops at EVERY MEETING this year