Alan K. Simpson Biography

Alan K. Simpson is a former Republican U.S senator, who chaired numerous committees and organizations. Read this biography to know more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Alan K. Simpson

Quick Facts

Gender: Male
Birthday: 02 September 1931
Nationality: American
Sun Sign: Virgo
Father: Milward L. Simpson
Siblings: Pete Simpson
Education: Cody High School, Cranbrook Educational Community, University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming College of Law

Alan Simpson, former Republican U.S Senator from Wyoming, is best remembered as the one who co-chaired the Senate Finance Committee's subcommittee on Social Security. Born to a senator, he kick-started his career by serving as a senator, the position which he held for nearly two decades. The steadfast growth of his career enabled him to have a lifelong vocation in public service. He was quite popular among his colleagues and the fact that he was re-elected in the following elections with a great majority, is a testimony to his popularity. His eventful and successful political career enabled him to co-chair numerous organizations and committees such as the Veterans Affairs Committee (now called “House Committee On Veteran's Affairs”), as well as subcommittees on Immigration and Refugees, Aging, Social Security, and Nuclear Regulation, which are just a few feathers in his cap. Apart from being a senator and holding numerous positions and responsibilities, he was also a brilliant teacher and taught at many institutions including Joan Shorenstein Center, John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts and served as the Director of Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. Though retired from active public service, Simpson continues to give speeches and remains critical of public issues.

Childhood & Early Life

Alan Kooi Simpson was born on September 2, 1931 in Denver, Colorado, to Milward L. Simpson, a conservative former senator and governor of Wyoming, and Lorna Kooi. He received his middle name ‘Kooi’, from his maternal grandfather.
Simpson graduated from Cody High School in Cody, Wyoming, in 1949.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wyoming in 1954 and served the United States Army in Germany from 1955-1956, after which he returned to University of Wyoming. It was at this time, he obtained a Law degree in 1958.
Soon, he was admitted to the Wyoming bar where he worked as the Assistant Attorney General of the state for a brief period.
After his father’s term as Governor ended in 1959, Simpson joined his father in the family firm of ‘Simpson, Kepler and Simpson’ in Cody. He also worked as a City Attorney for almost a decade.

Career

In 1978, Simpson was elected to the United States Senate, but was appointed the following year after the resignation of Clifford P. Hansen.
Despite being a conservative and Simpson was a strong advocate for access to abortion, lesbian and gay rights and equality for all people irrespective of caste, creed, gender and sexual orientation; he even remained an opponent of government regulation regarding all such issues.
From 1985 to 1995, Simpson served as the Republican “whip” and Assistant Republican Leader in Senate.
In the 1993 film ‘Dave’, he made a cameo appearance.
He also served as the chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee from 1981 to 1985 and from 1995 to 1997.
In 1995, he lost the whip’s job to Trent Lott of Mississippi and he did not ask for any reelection to the senate in the following year.
After retirement, he taught at many institutions. From 1997 to 2000, Simpson taught at Joan Shorenstein Center, John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts and served as the Director of Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School.
Upon leaving the office, Simpson published a memoir titled ‘Right in the Old Gazoo’, on his relationship with the press.
Simpson chaired numerous organizations such as Immigration and Refugee Subcommittee of Judiciary, Nuclear Regulation Subcommittee, Social Security Subcommittee and the Committee on Aging.
In 2000, he returned to his hometown Cody.
In 2010, Simpson was appointed to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by United States President Barack Obama.

Major Works

Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press

Awards & Achievements

Simpson was an honorary board member of the humanitarian organization, ‘Wings of Hope’.
In 2006, Simpson was one among the ten member contributors to the Iraq Study Group Report.
In 2010, he was appointed as the co-member of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with co-chair, Erskine Bowles.
He received honorary Doctorates from the American University, Notre Dame University, Colorado College and California Western School of Law.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1954 he married Susan Ann Schroll, who was a fellow student at the University of Wyoming. They have three children.

Timeline

1931: Alan Kooi Simpson was born on 2nd September in Denver, Colorado.
1949: He graduated from Cody High School in Cody, Wyoming.
1954: He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming.
1955 – 1956: He served the United States Army in Germany.
1958: Simpson returned to University of Wyoming and obtained a Ph.D.
1985 – 1995: Simpson served as the Republican whip and Assistant Republican Leader in the Senate.
1997 – 2000: Simpson taught at many institutions including Joan Shorenstein Center, John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
2010: Simpson was appointed to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by United States President, Barack Obama.

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May 16, 2019

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