Alan K. Simpson

Alan Simpson

Former U.S. senator

Simpson served in the Wyoming Legislature for 13 years after he was elected in 1964. He later became the state's governor and a three-term U.S. senator beginning with his election to the Senate in 1978.

Simpson made his mark quickly in Washington by accepting difficult assignments and sponsoring legislation that dealt with the establishment of federal standards for clean air and water, toxic waste cleanup and nuclear regulation. He was active on issues regarding veterans, aging, the environment and the nation's immigration laws.

After retiring from the Senate in 1996 he joined Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was a visiting lecturer and a director of the Institute of Politics.

He returned to Cody, Wyo., in 2000 and is a partner in the law firm Simpson, Kepler and Edwards. He teaches and is active with his alma mater, the University of Wyoming.

In 2006 he was named one of 10 members of the Iraq Study Group, charged with assessing the situation in Iraq and the U.S.-led Iraq War and offering specific policy recommendations. In 2010 President Barack Obama asked Simpson to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, commonly known as the Deficit Commission or Debt Panel.

Simpson's current involvement includes serving as co-chair of the Continuity in Government Commission, a member of the Commission on Presidential Debates and co-chair of the Commission on Writing.

Alan Simpson
Landon Lecture
Oct. 26, 2011