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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Alan K. Simpson

Bachelor of Science - 1954 - History

JD - 1958

Al Simpson says, "Among the most important lessons I learned at UW was 'stick-to-it-iveness.' Many times I wanted to turn away from various courses because they were 'too hard,' or I couldn't figure them out. I kept on plugging because I had wonderful instructors who urged me to do so." As U.S. Senator from Wyoming, he's exhibited that persistence -- along with a sense of humor which, for better or worse, often makes headlines.

At UW, he lettered in varsity football and basketball, and was a Student Senator. An ROTC-commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, he served in Germany in the last months of the U.S. Army of Occupation. He returned to UW to complete law studies in 1958. He was admitted to the Wyoming Bar, scoring among the highest of his class on the bar exam. He holds honorary doctoral law degrees from four American universities. In 1964, after an 18-year law practice in his father's Cody law firm, he entered politics and was elected Park County's State Representative. In his 13-year House tenure, he was Majority Whip, Majority Floor Leader, and Speaker Pro-Tem. In 1978 he was elected U.S. Senator, and re-elected in 1984 and 1990. His Senate colleagues chose him Majority Whip in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990. He serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and is ranking member of the Sub-committee on Nuclear Regulation. He authored the Immigration Reform and Control Act (the first such major reform in more than 30 years), co-authored the Clean Air Act, and helped draft and pass the first U.S. legislation on permanent nuclear waste disposal. He's worked with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and Northwest College in Powell. He is a 1985 UW Distinguished Alumnus, and was named UW Centennial Alum by the National Association of Land Grant Colleges in 1987.

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