Alan K. Simpson graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in history in 1954 and a JD in 1958 before embarking on a remarkable political career.
After serving as Wyoming's assistant attorney general, Cody city attorney and United States commissioner, Simpson was elected in 1964 to the Wyoming House of Representatives. He was majority whip, majority floor leader and speaker pro tempore in the House of Representatives before being elected in 1978 to the U.S. Senate. In Simpson's 18 years in the Senate (1979-1997), he served 10 years as Republican whip and was the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
After retiring following his third senate term, Simpson went on to teach as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government before returning to his hometown of Cody. He has continued to be involved at UW, serving on several boards and committees.
In 2006, Simpson was asked to be a member of the Iraq Study Group, a panel appointed by the U.S. Congress to assess the current situation in Iraq and the Iraq War. In 2010, President Barack Obama asked Simpson to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Also, Simpson is the author of Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press, written upon his retirement from the U.S. Senate.
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