SIMPSON, Alan Kooi (1931-)
Senate Years of Service: 1979-1997

SIMPSON, ALAN KOOI, (son of Milward Lee Simpson), a Senator from Wyoming; born in Denver, Denver County, Colo., September 2, 1931; attended Cody, Wyo. public schools; graduated, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo., 1954; graduated, University of Wyoming Law School 1958; admitted to the Wyoming bar in 1958 and commenced practice in Cody; served in the United States Army, Infantry 1954-1956; assistant attorney general of Wyoming 1958-1959; city attorney, Cody, Wyo.; United States Commissioner 1959-1969; member, Wyoming house of representatives 1964-1977; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, November 7, 1978, for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1979; subsequently appointed by the Governor, January 1, 1979, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Clifford P. Hansen for the term ending January 3, 1979; reelected in 1984 and 1990 and served from January 1, 1979, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; Republican whip (1985-1995); chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress); visiting lecturer, Kennedy School of Government, Shorenstein Center, and Director of the Institute of Politics 1997-2000; commissioner, American Battle Monuments Commission 2001-; co-chairman, Continuity in Government Commission 2002-.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership
Laramie, WY
Papers: 1911-2008 (Bulk 1979-1996). 362.70 cubic feet. Contains press files, photographs, constituent correspondence, legislative records, office files, personal and family papers, Simpson law office files, and Wyoming State Legislature records. Collection Number 10449 ze.The papers are arranged in 8 series. The bulk of the collection is contained in the Press relations/Media activities records (Series I) and the Legislative records (Series IV). Each series is described in a separate finding aid which may be accessed on-line at Collection is open for research.

  • Hardy, Donald Loren. Shooting From the Lip: The Life of Senator Al Simpson. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.
  • Simpson, Alan K. Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1997.