Home / Profiles / Alan K. Simpson

Alan K. Simpson

simpsonFormer Republican Senate Whip Alan K. Simpson was chosen to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in February 2010.

After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1954, Simpson joined the Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant. In November 1954, he was ordered to Fort Benning, Ga. He served overseas in the 5th Infantry Division and in the 2nd Armored Division in the final months of the Army of Occupation in Germany. Following his honorable discharge in 1956, Simpson returned to the University of Wyoming and completed his law degree in 1958.

After being admitted to the Wyoming Bar and the United States District Court in 1958, and serving for a short time as Wyoming assistant attorney general, Simpson joined his father, Milward L. Simpson, in the law firm of Simpson, Kepler and Simpson in his hometown of Cody. He practiced law there for the next 18 years, and he also served as city attorney for 10 years.

Simpson’s political career began in 1964 when he was elected to the Wyoming State Legislature as a state representative of his native 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, Simpson was elected to the United States Senate. After his first term, he was re-elected in 1984 and then again in 1990 to a third term. Following his first term in the Senate, Simpson was elected by his peers to the position of the assistant majority leader in 1984 and served in that capacity until 1994. He completed his final term Jan. 3, 1997.

Simpson has periodically taught at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as at his alma mater.

Check Also

Profile: Richard Ledgett, Retired Deputy Director of NSA

Richard Ledgett has served with the National Security Agency for approximately 29 years and contributed …

2 comments

  1. we in U.S.A have one of the best living standards in the world, which has made us one of the greediest societies. the politicians want your vote and are willing to give you something in exchange for your vote even if it will eventually break the country. we the people are willing to let someone else sacrifice but are not willing to give up any of our sacred cows! when was the last time you overstated your tax deductions, had a med procedure by a specialist because medicare paid when you could have gone to the family doctor for half price but government was paying so rip it to them. now we the government are next to broke because of US!!!!!!!

  2. Dear Former Senator Simpson.

    After hearing your recommendations to reduce the Debt. I have a few of my own.

    Other politicians are suggesting a 15 cent gasoline tax and/or 6.5% VAT as their recommendations.

    None of these are acceptable. The only acceptable recourse is to make Government smaller. (i.e., reduce the size of the IRS with a flat tax) The taxes saved in salaries alone could be put back into the social security fund that has been taken out for things other than social security. Require that Income Tax Forms be filed in a staggered way to eliminate the need for a top heavy bureauacy. No more spending! No more entitlements! No more Department of Education! Return the money to the States and let them decide how to spend for Education in their own states. No Universal Health Care! Medicaid is supposed to take care of that. Return that responsibility to each State. No Amnesty! Issue Work Visas! No more anchor babies!

    There is an imminent danger of war and our Defense Budget will need to be increased. If the above is not in place at that time then our Country will be in serious trouble.

    In order to keep our Super Power place in this world, our Dollar must be strong. No more printing of money!

    Thank you for your consideration of my recommendations.
    Sara Alford
    joiseygirl3@comcast.net

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *