Simpson, Alan K.

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Alan Kooi Simpson was born September 2, 1931, the son of former Wyoming Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Lee Simpson. He attended school in Cody, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1954. He then joined the U.S. Army and served overseas. Following his discharge in 1956, he returned to the University of Wyoming and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1958. He joined his father's law firm and practiced law in Cody for the next 18 years. During that time he also served as city attorney (1959-1969) and as assistant attorney general of Wyoming (1959).

Simpson began his political career in 1964 when he was elected to the Wyoming State Legislature. He served 13 years in the Wyoming House of Representatives. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. While in the Senate, Simpson served as majority leader, assistant minority leader, and chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He also served on the Judiciary Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Select Committee to Investigate Undercover Operations of the FBI and the Department of Justice.

After retiring from the Senate in 1997, Simpson served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (1998-2000) then returned to Wyoming to resume practicing law. He was selected as co-chairman of the Continuity of Government Commission after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and also served on the American Battle Monuments Commission. In addition, he served on the boards of several corporations and was chairman of the board of trustees for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.

From the description of Alan K. Simpson papers, 1911-2008. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 61048261

Former United States Senator Alan Kooi Simpson was born September 2, 1931, in Denver, Colorado, the second son of former Wyoming Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Lee Simpson and Lorna Kooi Simpson. He attended public schools in Cody, Wyoming, and spent a post-graduate year at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, before entering college. He entered the University of Wyoming in 1950 and received a bachelor of science in law degree in 1954. While at the university, he was a member of the Student Senate, a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, president of the “W” Club Lettermen's organization, and lettered in both varsity football and basketball.

Upon graduation from college, Simpson joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He served overseas in the 5th Infantry and 2nd Armored (Hell on Wheels) Divisions in the final months of Army occupation in Germany. Following his discharge from the Army in 1956, Simpson returned to the University of Wyoming to study law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1958. He joined his father and later Charles G. Kepler in the law firm of Simpson, Kepler and Simpson, practicing law in Cody for the next 18 years. During that time he also served ten years as city attorney (1959-1969) and for a short time in 1959 as assistant attorney general of Wyoming.

Simpson began his political career in 1964 when he was elected to the Wyoming State Legislature as a state representative of Park County. He served for the next 13 years in the Wyoming House of Representatives, holding the offices of majority whip, majority floor leader, and speaker pro-tem. In 1978, he ran for and was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate for the six-year term beginning January 3, 1979. He was re-elected in 1984 and again in 1990. While in the Senate, Simpson served as majority leader, assistant minority leader, and chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. He also served on the Judiciary Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy, the Special Committee on Aging, and the Select Committee to Investigate Undercover Operations of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Simpson completed his third and final term on January 3, 1997.

After retiring from the Senate, Simpson served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1998 to 2000 before returning to Wyoming to resume practicing law in Cody. He was selected as co-chairman of the Continuity of Government Commission after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and also served on the American Battle Monuments Commission. Simpson made frequent appearances as a commentator for television news programs and kept a busy speaking schedule. In addition, he served on the boards of several corporations and was chairman of the board of trustees for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.

Alan Simpson married the former Ann Schroll of Greybull, Wyoming, in June 1954. They had three children: William Lloyd, Colin Mackenzie, and Susan Lorna.

From the guide to the Alan K. Simpson papers, 1911-2008, 1979-1996, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

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creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Press Relations/Media Activities Records, 1967-2005. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 7, Seventh meeting, public hearing
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson pre-U.S. Senate activities University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Vonnegut mss., 1941-2007 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 3, Third meeting, public hearing
referencedIn Malcolm Wallop papers, 1965-1997, 1977-1995 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Office Files, 1959-1997. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Legislative Records, 1972-1996. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Pre-U.S. Senate Activities, 1945-1978. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson press relations/Media activities records University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Photographs, ca. 1920-1997. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Alan K. Simpson papers, 1911-2008. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Pat Harrison audiovisual materials, 1987 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson post-U.S. Senate activities University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing coverage, eighth meeting
creatorOf Borthwick, Dean. Milward L. Simpson Family Oral History Project, 2003-2005. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn University of Arizona. The Morris K. Udall oral history collection (1996-ongoing). University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson office files University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Wallop, Malcolm. Malcolm Wallop papers, 1965-1997 (bulk 1977-1995) University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Michael Pertschuk Papers, 1949-2002, (bulk 1977-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 5, Fifth meeting, public hearing
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Miscellaneous papers. Jacksonville University, Carl S. Swisher Library
referencedIn Pertschuk, Michael, 1933-. Michael Pertschuk papers, 1949-2002 (bulk 1977-2001). Library of Congress
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Alan K. Simpson : commercials , 1978-1990. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson legislative records University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson personal and family papers University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson photographs University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Videotape proceedings, Hearing. No. 1, First meeting
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 4, Fourth meeting
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Post-U.S. Senate Activities, 1996-2005. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Constituent Correspondence, 1978-1996. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 11/5/79
referencedIn Hare, David, 1947-. Stuff happens : a play / by David Hare, 2006. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Personal and Family Papers, 1911-2005. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson papers, 1911-2008, 1979-1996 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn White House Office of Appointments and Scheduling Files. 1989 - 1993. Presidential Daily Diary and Presidential Daily Backup Materials. 1/20/1989 - 1/20/1993. President's Daily Diary Entry, February 27, 1991
creatorOf Simpson, Alan K. Alan K. Simpson new accretions, 1921-2008. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 6, Sixth meeting, public hearing
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 2, Second meeting
creatorOf Alan K. Simpson constituent correspondence University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing coverage, ninth meeting, final
referencedIn Harrison, Pat. Pat Harrison audiovisual materials, 1987. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
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