• Councilmember
  • Position 5
  • Took office: 2014
  • Current term expires: December 31, 2021
  • City Hall:  (253) 983-7705
  • Cell Phone:  (253) 414-4678
  • Email:

Councilmember John Simpson is serving his second term on the City Council. A native of Indiana, he is a graduate of Central Michigan University (BA) and Pacific Lutheran University (MA).

Councilmember Simpson is a tenured history professor at Pierce College. He has served as faculty president, and he has won the Outstanding Faculty Award 11 times. Simpson has also served for seven years on the College Cabinet.

Councilmember Simpson is also an award winning photojournalist for the Ranger Newspaper. He has embedded on eight separate occasions to Iraq and Afghanistan with JBLM and Camp Murray soldiers. In 2007, he was nominated for an Emmy for his coverage of combat operations in Iraq, and he has won numerous awards for his reporting and photography.

A retired Air Force officer, Simpson is a life member of the Reserve Officer Association. He also holds memberships in the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Military Officers of America Association, American Legion Post 110 and the Washington Press Association.

He and wife, Melanie, have three children.