Alan Kooi Simpson (born 1931) served Wyoming in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997. Despite his connection to the Republican Party, he is a liberal on social issues. He originally benefited from the conservative reputation of his father, Milward L. Simpson, who served Wyoming in the U.S. Senate from 1962 to 1967 after having been governor of Wyoming from 1955 to 1959. Simpson has been an advocate of fiscally conservative positions and argued strongly for entitlement reform. He supports abortion and same-sex marriage. He was a leader of the Simpson/Bowles committee. Since leaving the Senate, Simpson has taught at the University of Wyoming at Laramie.
Simpson's political leanings can be summed up in his own words:
- Any education that matters is "liberal." All the saving truths, all the healing graces that distinguish a good education from a bad one or a full education from a half empty one are contained in that word.
In the 2002 gubernatorial election, Simpson accused two primary candidates, Ray Hunkins of Wheatland and Bill Sniffin of Lander, of having lied about the record of Eli Bebout, Simpson's choice for the party nomination. Simpson claimed that Hunkins and Sniffin had misrepresented Bebout's position on nuclear waste dumping and water rights: "These gents running for governor - I mean Ray Hunkins and Bill Sniffin - wouldn't seem to know the truth if it bit 'em on the fanny." Simpson subsequently apologized to Hunkins. Bebout won the nomination but was defeated in a close vote by the Democrat Dave Freudenthal in the general election.
- Simpson apologizes to Hunkins. Billings Gazette (August 27, 2002). Retrieved on April 19, 2016.