Daniel R. Simpson is an amateur radio operator and a hobbyist photographer from Milledgeville, Georgia. He is married to the former Ms. Nikki Gay of Eatonton and is the son of Quincy and Donna Simpson of Toomsboro. He was diagnosed with cancer (MDS) in January 2016, leading to becoming a full-time cancer warrior.

Simpson was first licensed for amateur radio in 1996 at the age of 11. Following a lengthy hiatus, he returned to the hobby in 2014, eventually upgrading to General Class. An elmer loaned him a Kenwood TS-570S, and after far too long, he expanded beyond the realm of 2m and 70cm. He has been the Secretary-Treasurer of the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club, is the call sign trustee for the Bobcat Amateur Radio Club, and is the Emergency Coordinator for Baldwin County ARES.

Prior to his disability, he was the Professional Development and Training Specialist for the Office of Human Resources at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. There, he developed and implemented programs for staff, faculty, and student employees to provide them the resources needed for professional success and continuous improvement. He participated in shared governance as a delegate on Staff Council and as a Senator on the University Senate. He was also the chair of the Staff Council Bylaws and Elections Committee and the New Employee Orientation Task Force. He was a member of the Resources, Planning, and Institutional Policy Committee and the Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Military College

Simpson holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia College & State University as well as an Associate of Science in General Studies from Georgia Military College. He received the Malcolm Moore Award for Outstanding MPA Graduate in 2010, the 2009 Outstanding Student Research Award from the Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology, and the Distinguished Order of the Servant Leader Award from Georgia Military College in 2005. He was one of 25 students selected statewide for Georgia Rising Collegiate Leadership Program of 2005 through the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia.