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Al Simpson

Al Simpson

Managing Director

Al Simpson is a Managing Director in Mercury’s Washington, D.C. office. Al draws upon his extensive experience in politics and policymaking at the local, state and federal levels to advise clients in strategic government relations.

Extensive experience in politics and policymaking at the local, state and federal levels

Served as Chief of Staff to incoming Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney

Elected to Chair the South Carolina State Board of Education in 2008, and served as the state’s Republican Party Chair

Vice President and General Manager for SDL Atlas while in the private sector

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Al Simpson is a Managing Director in Mercury’s Washington, D.C. office. Al draws upon his extensive experience in politics and policymaking at the local, state and federal levels to advise clients in strategic government relations.

Before joining Mercury, Al served as Chief of Staff to incoming Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Throughout his tenure with the then-Congressman, Al’s work focused on health care, energy and infrastructure policy.

As Mulvaney’s campaign manager, Al played an integral role in his campaign and successful election to the House of Representatives. Al led the campaign in its historic upset, unseating a 28-year incumbent and ending over 100 years of Democratic control of South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District.

Al is a seasoned political professional, holding several state government and party positions in his native South Carolina before joining Congressman Mulvaney’s staff. He was elected to Chair the South Carolina State Board of Education in 2008, where he lead sweeping changes to the operation of the board. He also served on the SC State Health Insurance Pool board, a role appointed by Governor Mark Sanford. Al also had the great privilege to serve as the state’s Republican Party Chair.

Before entering the public sector, Simpson sold equipment to manufacturing facilities for Capital manufacturing, and was later a Vice President and General Manager for SDL Atlas. His nearly twenty years in the private sector afforded him the opportunity to visit 37 countries. He and his wife of thirty years live in Washington, D.C. and have three children, one of which is a U.S. marine currently on active duty. Al is an avid golfer and USC Gamecock football fan.