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Alan Kooi Simpson is a Republican politician who served from 1979 to 1997 as a United States Senator from Wyoming.
From 1985 to 1995, Simpson was the Republican whip in the Senate, having served with then Republican Leader Robert J. “Bob” Dole of Kansas. He was chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 1981 to 1987 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.
Post-Senate, from 1997 to 2000, Simpson taught at the Shorenstein Center of Press and Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and served for two years as the Director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Afterwards, he returned to his home in Wyoming and practices law there with his two lawyer sons (William and Colin) in the firm of Simpson, Kepler and Edwards.