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Alan Simpson blast wealthy
Alan Simpson blast wealthy 'hypocrites' for not supporting $15 minimum wage
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Raw Story
Sen. Alan Simpson Supports the Freedom to Marry
Sen. Alan Simpson Supports the Freedom to Marry
Published: 2014/04/07
Channel: Freedom to Marry
Landon Lecture | Alan K. Simpson
Landon Lecture | Alan K. Simpson
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Landon Lecture Series
Conversations with History: Alan K. Simpson
Conversations with History: Alan K. Simpson
Published: 2008/10/06
Channel: University of California Television (UCTV)
Bill Maher vs Alan Simpson
Bill Maher vs Alan Simpson
Published: 2008/11/02
Channel: KilllerRobb
The Hon. Alan K. Simpson (11-18-11)
The Hon. Alan K. Simpson (11-18-11)
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: The City Club of Cleveland
Former senator goes
Former senator goes 'Gangnam Style'
Published: 2012/12/06
Channel: CNN
3 with IOP: Alan Simpson (R-WY)
3 with IOP: Alan Simpson (R-WY)
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics
Bush School Talks: Erskine B. Bowles & Alan K. Simpson
Bush School Talks: Erskine B. Bowles & Alan K. Simpson
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: TAMUBushSchool
2013 Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics by The Honorable Alan K. Simpson
2013 Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics by The Honorable Alan K. Simpson
Published: 2013/11/18
Channel: Harvard University
Fmr. Sen. Simpson on growing debt concerns
Fmr. Sen. Simpson on growing debt concerns
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Fox Business
Young Experts Challenge Sen. Alan Simpson to a Debate
Young Experts Challenge Sen. Alan Simpson to a Debate
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: WeAreSocialSecurity
Alan Simpson - Patriocracy - Bullshit
Alan Simpson - Patriocracy - Bullshit
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: aidemenolam
Alan Simpson Says Members of GOP Have Lost Their Common Sense
Alan Simpson Says Members of GOP Have Lost Their Common Sense
Published: 2012/05/27
Channel: AlexKasack
Alan Simpson - Patriocracy - Bitching
Alan Simpson - Patriocracy - Bitching
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: aidemenolam
Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson
Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson's View
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Joe Ryan's Trial Book
Senator Alan Simpson on Trump
Senator Alan Simpson on Trump's budget proposal "Give Me A Break"
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: World Peace
IGPA Douglas Education Lecture - Alan K. Simpson
IGPA Douglas Education Lecture - Alan K. Simpson
Published: 2011/10/25
Channel: igpatube
Alan Simpson tells the hard truth
Alan Simpson tells the hard truth
Published: 2011/02/11
Channel: John Orr
Cranky Letter To Protesters From Alan Simpson
Cranky Letter To Protesters From Alan Simpson
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: The Young Turks
Wealthy Alan Simpson
Wealthy Alan Simpson's Mitt Romney Syndrome
Published: 2012/12/31
Channel: The Majority Report with Sam Seder
Alan Simpson: GOP Is Anti-Gay, Anti-Women For Moral Values While Diddling Their Secretary
Alan Simpson: GOP Is Anti-Gay, Anti-Women For Moral Values While Diddling Their Secretary
Published: 2011/04/12
Channel: SuchIsLifeVideos
Nina Totenberg Admits Cussing Out Senator Alan Simpson
Nina Totenberg Admits Cussing Out Senator Alan Simpson
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: L.N. Smithee
Fmr. Sen. Alan Simpson to GOP: Youre no Ronald Reagan
Fmr. Sen. Alan Simpson to GOP: Youre no Ronald Reagan
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Fox Business
Senator Alan Simpson: Future Entitlement Problems Haven’t Gone Away
Senator Alan Simpson: Future Entitlement Problems Haven’t Gone Away
Published: 2014/08/15
Channel: Financial Sense
Telling It Like It Is: Erskine Bowles & Sen. Alan Simpson
Telling It Like It Is: Erskine Bowles & Sen. Alan Simpson
Published: 2012/10/08
Channel: Carolina Business Review
Alan Simpson Green Weenie Campaign
Alan Simpson Green Weenie Campaign
Published: 2011/09/08
Channel: AlSimpson2012
CNN: Alan Simpson lashes out at both parties
CNN: Alan Simpson lashes out at both parties
Published: 2011/06/15
Channel: CNN
Alan Simpson and Robert Reich at Panetta Institute
Alan Simpson and Robert Reich at Panetta Institute
Published: 2012/05/14
Channel: Monterey Herald
Former Senator Alan Simpson: Give a Buck for Nick Troiano
Former Senator Alan Simpson: Give a Buck for Nick Troiano
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: Nick Troiano
Fmr. Sen. Simpson: Obama is a failure
Fmr. Sen. Simpson: Obama is a failure
Published: 2016/08/25
Channel: Fox Business
Jon S.  Alan Simpson guest
Jon S. Alan Simpson guest
Published: 2013/05/12
Channel: TSN Linda
Alan Simpson defends debt-reduction plan
Alan Simpson defends debt-reduction plan
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: CNNMoney
Alan Simpson: GOP has some homophobes
Alan Simpson: GOP has some homophobes
Published: 2011/04/11
Channel: TP Clips 4
Portman Talks Budget with Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles
Portman Talks Budget with Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: SenRobPortman
Former senator Alan Simpson on cutting debt: Must raise revenue
Former senator Alan Simpson on cutting debt: Must raise revenue
Published: 2011/06/30
Channel: Reuters
Alan Simpson Says Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog
Alan Simpson Says Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: gavonl
Alan Simpson - Patriocracy - Zealots
Alan Simpson - Patriocracy - Zealots
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: aidemenolam
Former Sen. Alan Simpson on Truman, Congress
Former Sen. Alan Simpson on Truman, Congress
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: KansasCityStarVideo
The Toils of Fundraising, as described by Former Senator Alan Simpson
The Toils of Fundraising, as described by Former Senator Alan Simpson
Published: 2011/05/06
Channel: CREW DC
Malzberg | Sen. Alan Simpson to share his outspoken take on tonight
Malzberg | Sen. Alan Simpson to share his outspoken take on tonight's elections
Published: 2014/11/04
Channel: Newsmax TV
Are you one of the "lesser people"?
Are you one of the "lesser people"?
Published: 2010/06/21
Channel: MoveOn
Sen. Alan Simpson questions Anita Hill @ Thomas confirmation hearing - Oct. 12, 1991
Sen. Alan Simpson questions Anita Hill @ Thomas confirmation hearing - Oct. 12, 1991
Published: 2010/08/26
Channel: hidnusr10
Voices for Fiscal Action - Alan Simpson
Voices for Fiscal Action - Alan Simpson
Published: 2012/01/16
Channel: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
ALAN SIMPSON FULL EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KATE BOLDUAN 3_29_2017  (old news)
ALAN SIMPSON FULL EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KATE BOLDUAN 3_29_2017 (old news)
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: News4You
Alan Simpson Interview With Brian Scott
Alan Simpson Interview With Brian Scott
Published: 2011/11/03
Channel: Casper Townsquare
Former senator Alan Simpson: Wall St. does nothing for society
Former senator Alan Simpson: Wall St. does nothing for society
Published: 2011/06/30
Channel: Reuters
Alan Simpson introduces Come Dancing
Alan Simpson introduces Come Dancing
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: VHS Video vault
Fareed Zakaria GPS - Preview - Republican Alan Simpson & Democrat Erskine Bowles.
Fareed Zakaria GPS - Preview - Republican Alan Simpson & Democrat Erskine Bowles.
Published: 2012/06/25
Channel: CNNNewsEps
Alan Simpson & Erskine Bowles: Highlights From Meet The Press
Alan Simpson & Erskine Bowles: Highlights From Meet The Press
Published: 2013/01/09
Channel: Fix the Debt
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Alan K. Simpson
Alan Kooi Simpson.jpg
Chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
In office
February 18, 2010 – December 1, 2010
Serving with Erskine Bowles
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Senate Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Leader Bob Dole
Preceded by Alan Cranston
Succeeded by Wendell H. Ford
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Leader Bob Dole
Preceded by Ted Stevens
Succeeded by Alan Cranston
United States Senator
from Wyoming
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Clifford Hansen
Succeeded by Mike Enzi
Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives
In office
1964–1977
Personal details
Born Alan Kooi Simpson
(1931-09-02) September 2, 1931 (age 85)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Schroll
Relations Milward L. Simpson
Peter K. Simpson
Children William
Colin
Susan
Alma mater Cody High School
University of Wyoming
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1954–1956
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit 5th Infantry & 2nd Armored Division

Alan Kooi Simpson (born September 2, 1931) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party, who served from 1979 to 1997 as a United States Senator from Wyoming. His father, Milward L. Simpson, was also a member of the U.S. Senate from Wyoming (1962–1967).

In 2010, Simpson was appointed by President Obama to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Democrat co-chair Erskine Bowles of North Carolina.[1]

Early life[edit]

Simpson was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of the former Lorna Kooi, and Milward Lee Simpson. His middle name, "Kooi", comes from his mother and maternal grandfather, whose parents were Dutch immigrants.[2] In his youth, Simpson was a Boy Scout, and once visited Japanese American Boy Scouts who, along with their families, had been interned near Ralston, Wyoming, during World War II. There, he developed a friendship with Norm Mineta, who later became a Democratic U.S. representative from California, and the United States Secretary of Transportation in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Mineta and Simpson served together in Congress, and on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and remain close friends.[3]

Simpson has an older brother, Peter K. Simpson of Cody, a historian and a former administrator at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, who served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1981 to 1984, having represented Sheridan County, while he was then an administrator at Sheridan College. Pete Simpson was the 1986 Republican gubernatorial nominee, having sought the office while his younger brother was serving in the U.S. Senate.

One of the Simpsons' babysitters as a young boy was the future Lieutenant Governor and Education Superintendent of Louisiana, Bill Dodd, who played baseball for a time as a young man in Cody with team mate Milward Simpson.

Alan Simpson graduated from Cody High School in Cody, Wyoming, in 1949, and attended Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1950 for a postgraduate year. He graduated in 1954 from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree, and in 1958 with a Juris Doctor. Like his brother, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the University of Wyoming.

In 1954 he married the former Susan Ann Schroll, who was a fellow UW student from Greybull, Wyoming. He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1955 to 1956, with the 10th Infantry Regiment, Fifth Infantry Division, and with the 12th Armored Infantry Battalion, Second Armored Division.

Simpson had several run-ins with the law during his youth. An amicus brief filed before the United States Supreme Court in the juvenile imprisonment cases Graham v. Florida and Sullivan v. Florida,[4] states:

In Simpson’s words to this Court, “I was a monster.”

In that brief, in support of the claimant in the Supreme Court case, Simpson admitted that, as a juvenile, he had been on federal probation for shooting mailboxes and punching a cop and that he "was a monster".[5]

One day in Cody, Wyoming, when Simpson was in high school, he and some friends “went out to do damage.” They went to an abandoned war relocation structure and decided to “torch” it. They committed arson on federal property, a crime now punishable by up to twenty years in prison if no one is hurt, and punishable by up to life in prison if the arson causes a person’s death. Luckily for Simpson, no one was injured in the blaze.

Simpson not only played with fire, but also with guns. He played a game with his friends in which they shot at rocks close to one another, at times using bullets they stole from the local hardware store. The goal of the game was to come as close as possible to striking someone without actually doing so. Again, Simpson was lucky: no one was killed or seriously injured, or caught by their parents.

Simpson and his friends went shooting throughout their community. They fired their rifles at mailboxes, blowing holes in several and killing a cow. They fired their weapons at a road grader. “We just raised hell,” Simpson says. Federal authorities charged Simpson with destroying government property and Simpson pleaded guilty. He received two years of probation and was required to make restitution from his own funds – funds that he was supposed to obtain by holding down a job.

As he [Simpson] has described it, “The older you get, the more you realize . . . your own attitude is stupefying, and arrogant, and cocky, and a miserable way to live.” [6]

Simpson stated "I was just dumb and rebellious and stupid. And a different person." and then added, "You're not who are when you're 16 or 18. You're dumb, and you don't care and you think you are eternal."

Wyoming House of Representatives[edit]

Simpson served from 1965 to 1977 in the Wyoming House of Representatives from Park County, but he had already left the chamber four years before his brother entered it for a four-year stint.[7]

US Senate[edit]

Simpson was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 7, 1978, but was appointed to the post early on January 1, 1979, following the resignation of Clifford P. Hansen. From 1985 to 1995, Simpson was the Republican whip, Assistant Republican Leader in the Senate, having served with then Republican Leader Bob Dole of Kansas. He was chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1995 to 1997 when Republicans regained control of the Senate. He also chaired the Immigration and Refugee Subcommittee of Judiciary; the Nuclear Regulation Subcommittee; the Social Security Subcommittee and the Committee on Aging.

After Congress[edit]

In 1995, he lost the whip's job to Trent Lott of Mississippi, and he did not seek reelection to the Senate in 1996. From 1997 to 2000, Simpson taught at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and he served for two years as the Director of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School.

Simpson then returned to his home of Cody and practices law there with his two lawyer sons (William and Colin) in the firm of Simpson, Kepler and Edwards. The three are also partners in the firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh and Jardine of Englewood, Colorado. Colin M. Simpson, the third generation of his family in Wyoming politics, was a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives who served as Speaker of the House for the 59th session of the Legislature, 2008 to March 2010. He was a candidate for governor, having finished fourth in the primary in 2010.

Simpson teaches periodically at his alma mater, the University of Wyoming at Laramie, with his brother Pete. He has completed serving as chairman of the UW capital "Campaign for Distinction," which raised $204 million. That success was celebrated by the gala event, "An Extraordinary Evening", featuring former President George H.W. Bush (who had reportedly considered Simpson for the vice presidency in 1988) and Vice President Dick Cheney, another UW alumnus, and his wife Lynne V. Cheney.

Simpson served on the Continuity of Government Commission. He also serves as co-chairman of Americans for Campaign Reform with former Senate colleagues Bill Bradley of New Jersey, Warren Rudman of New Hampshire and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska; is active with the National Commission on Writing; is on the Advisory Board of Common Good (a legal reform coalition); is a former member of the American Battle Monuments Commission, and was a member of the Iraq Study Group.

Alan Simpson has been an outspoken advocate for access to abortion stating that the matter should not be a political issue in a party that believes in "government out of our lives" and "the right to be left alone" and "the precious right of privacy". He supports gay and lesbian rights, and equality regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. In an article in The Washington Post, Simpson wrote an article criticizing the since ended "Don't ask, don't tell" policy stating "'Gay' is an artificial category that says little about a person. Our differences and prejudices pale next to our historic challenge."

In 2001, Simpson became Honorary Chairman of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC), a gay/straight alliance within the Republican Party. In that capacity, Simpson personally recruited former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., to serve on the RUC advisory board.

In 2002, Simpson was involved in the Republican gubernatorial primary on behalf of former Democrat Eli Bebout of Riverton. Simpson criticized Bebout's principal challengers Raymond Breedlove Hunkins of Wheatland, and Bill Sniffen of Lander in Fremont County. Bebout defeated the two but then lost the general election to the Democratic nominee Dave Freudenthal, a former United States Attorney appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Simpson is a partner, along with his two sons Colin Simpson and Bill Simpson, in the trial lawyers law firm Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine, P.C., headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The firm is nationally known for its mass torts plaintiff practice against pharmaceutical companies.

Simpson was an honorary board member of the humanitarian organization Wings of Hope.[8]

In 2006, Simpson was one of ten member (five Democratic and five Republican) contributors to the Iraq Study Group Report.

Simpson was appointed in 2010 to co-chair President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with co-chair Erskine Bowles.[1]

Simpson has spoken extensively about the burden being placed on future generations by the structure of current entitlement programmes. In an opinion piece, "Young Americans get the shaft" published in The Washington Post on June 13, 2012, Matt Miller recounted asking Simpson (then a US senator) in 1995 how to fix this problem. Miller stated that Simpson told him "nothing would change until someone like me could walk into his office and say, 'I'm from the American Association of Young People. We have 30 million members, and we're watching you, Simpson. You [mess with] us and we'll take you out.'"

In 2012, he was included in the 50 Most Influential list of Bloomberg Markets magazine.

In 2014, Simpson signed on as Co-Chair for the Advisory Board of Issue One, a nonprofit organization which seeks to reduce the role of money in politics.[9]

Simpson has been criticized for his speaking fees.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

The June 7, 1994, edition of the now-defunct supermarket tabloid Weekly World News reported that 12 U.S. senators were aliens from other planets, including Simpson. The Associated Press ran a follow-up piece which confirmed the tongue-in-cheek participation of Senate offices in the story. Then-Senator Simpson's spokesman Charles Pelkey, when asked about Simpson's galactic origins, told the AP: "We've got only one thing to say: Klaatu barada nikto".[11] This was a quotation from a classic science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), in which an alien arrives by flying saucer in Washington, D.C.

Simpson also played himself in a cameo appearance for the 1993 film Dave.[12]

In December 2012, Simpson filmed a Gangnam Style video for a campaign, with a man in a tin can costume. The video, aimed at young people, is called "The Can Kicks Back," a reference to the tendencies of members of Congress to forever "kick the can down the road" in order to avoid making difficult decisions about lowering the nation's ballooning debt. In the video, Simpson admonishes younger Americans to make better use of their social media than "instagramming your breakfast and tweeting your first-world problems." He advises younger people to use their considerable social media skills and resources to rally their friends to join The Can Kicks Back. If younger Americans do not take heed, Simpson says, "These old coots will clean out the Treasury before you get there."

Works[edit]

  • Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press (William Morrow & Company, 1997, ISBN 0-688-11358-3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weisman, Jonathan (February 17, 2010). "Bowles, Simpson to Head Debt Commission". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ "Congressional Record, Volume 141 Issue 14 (Tuesday, January 24, 1995)". Gpo.gov. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Chris (2002). "A Pair of Boy Scouts". Scouting Magazine. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved December 16, 2006. 
  4. ^ "BRIEF OF FORMER JUVENILE OFFENDERS CHARLES S. DUTTON, FORMER SEN. ALAN K. SIMPSON, R. DWAYNE BETTS, LUIS RODRIGUEZ, TERRY K. RAY, T.J. PARSELL, AND ISHMAEL BEAH AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS" (PDF). Abanet.org. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hudsn, David (2010). "Adult Time for Adult Crimes". ABA Journal online. American Bar Association. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ Nos. 08-7412 and 08-7621 IN The Supreme Court of the United States TERRANCE JAMAR GRAHAM Petitioner, v. FLORIDA Respondent. JOE HARRIS SULLIVAN Petitioner, v. FLORIDA Respondent. On Writs of Certiorari from the District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District, page 11. July 23, 2009.
  7. ^ "Wyoming Legislator Database". legisweb.state.wy.us. Retrieved November 1, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Start Page". Wings-of-hope.org. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Campaign Finance Reform is Possible". Issue One. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Green, Joshua (February 28, 2013). "Why Won't Americans Listen to Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles?". Business Week. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Senators Jokingly Confirm Tabloid Claim They Are Space Aliens", Associated Press, May 25, 1994
  12. ^ "Alan Simpson (II)". IMDb.com. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Clifford Hansen
United States Senator (Class 2) from Wyoming
1979–1997
Served alongside: Malcolm Wallop, Craig Thomas
Succeeded by
Mike Enzi
Preceded by
Alan Cranston
Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
1981–1985
Succeeded by
Frank Murkowski
Preceded by
Ted Stevens
Majority Whip of the Senate
1985–1987
Succeeded by
Alan Cranston
Preceded by
Alan Cranston
Minority Whip of the Senate
1987–1995
Succeeded by
Wendell H. Ford
Preceded by
Jay Rockefeller
Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Arlen Specter
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ted Stevens
Deputy Leader of the Republican Party in the Senate
1985–1995
Succeeded by
Trent Lott
Government offices
New office Chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
2010
Served alongside: Erskine Bowles
Position abolished

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