Current Recipient

Alan K. Simpson, United States Senator


Alan Simpson began his public service in 1964 when he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives from his native Park County.  He was a member of the Wyoming House for 13 years, where he became majority whip, majority floor leader and speaker pro tempore.  In 1978 he was elected to the United States Senate where he represented Wyoming for 18 years.

Accepting a number of difficult assignments, he sponsored legislation to establish federal standards for clean air and water, as well as toxic waste cleanup.  He was Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and as Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee sponsored legislation to reform the nation’s immigration laws.  As the Assistant Republican Leader in the Senate from 1985 to 1995, he was well known for his efforts to forge bipartisan consensus under both Republican and Democratic Administrations.

After leaving the Senate, he was a visiting lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he also served as the Director of the Institute of Politics.  Congress appointed him in 2006 to the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that assessed the war in Iraq and offered specific policy recommendations.

In 2010 President Obama appointed Senator Simpson to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform which he co-chaired with Erskine Bowles, former Chief of Staff in the Clinton Administration.  He has been an outspoken supporter of fiscal and budgetary reforms to address national debt and deficit issues.

Before being elected to public office he served overseas in the United States Army Fifth Infantry Division and in the Second Armored Division during the final months of the Army of Occupation in Germany.  He received bachelor of science and law degrees from the University of Wyoming, and continues to practice law in his hometown of Cody where he lives with his wife Ann.