SYMMS, Steven Douglas (1938-)

SYMMS, STEVEN DOUGLAS, a Representative and a Senator from Idaho; born in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, April 23, 1938; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Idaho, Moscow 1960; served in the United States Marine Corps 1960-1963; private pilot; fruit rancher; co-editor of Idaho Compass 1969-1972; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress in 1972; reelected to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1981); was not a candidate in 1980 for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 1980; reelected in 1986 and served from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1993; was not a candidate for reelection in 1992; founded Symms, Lehn Associates, Inc.; joined Parry, Romani & Deconcini 2001.

Albertson College of Idaho
Caldwell, ID
Papers: Ca. 1972-1993. Ca. 600 cubic feet. Congressional papers. Closed pending processing.

Idaho State Historical Society
Boise, ID
Papers: Letter to People of Idaho in Time Capsule collection, 1976-1980; and in Idaho Christmas Card collection, 1969-ongoing.

  • Hatzenbuehler, Ronald L., and Bert W. Marley. "Why Church Lost: A Preliminary Analysis of the Church-Symms Election of 1980.'' Pacific Historical Review 56 (February 1987): 99-112.
  • Symms, Steven D. "Energy: Is There a Shortage?'' In Can You Afford This House?, edited by David C. Treen, pp. 259-69. Edison, NJ: Green Hill Publishers, 1978.