Alan Simpson (American politician)
|Chair of the |
February 18, 2010 – December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1997
|Children||3, including |
|Years of service||1954–1956|
Alan Kooi Simpson (born September 2, 1931) is an American politician and member of the
Since leaving office, Simpson has practiced law and taught at different universities. He also served on the
Simpson was born in
Simpson has an older brother,
One of the Simpsons' babysitters as a young boy was the future
Alan Simpson graduated from
In 1954, he married the former Susan Ann Schroll, who was a fellow UW student from
Simpson had several run-ins with the law during his youth. An amicus brief filed before the United States Supreme Court in the juvenile imprisonment cases
In Simpson’s words to this Court, “I was a monster.”
In that brief, in support of the claimant in the Supreme Court case, Simpson admitted that, as a juvenile, he had been on federal probation for shooting mailboxes and punching a cop and that he "was a monster".
One day in Cody, Wyoming, when Simpson was in high school, he and some friends “went out to do damage.” They went to an abandoned war relocation structure and decided to “torch” it. They committed arson on federal property, a crime now punishable by up to twenty years in prison if no one is hurt, and punishable by up to life in prison if the arson causes a person’s death. Luckily for Simpson, no one was injured in the blaze.
Simpson not only played with fire, but also with guns. He played a game with his friends in which they shot at rocks close to one another, at times using bullets they stole from the local hardware store. The goal of the game was to come as close as possible to striking someone without actually doing so. Again, Simpson was lucky: no one was killed or seriously injured, or caught by their parents.
Simpson and his friends went shooting throughout their community. They fired their rifles at mailboxes, blowing holes in several and killing a cow. They fired their weapons at a road grader. “We just raised hell,” Simpson says. Federal authorities charged Simpson with destroying government property and Simpson pleaded guilty. He received two years of probation and was required to make restitution from his own funds – funds that he was supposed to obtain by holding down a job.
As he [Simpson] has described it, “The older you get, the more you realize . . . your own attitude is stupefying, and arrogant, and cocky, and a miserable way to live.” 
Simpson stated "I was just dumb and rebellious and stupid. And a different person." and then added, "You're not who are when you're 16 or 18. You're dumb, and you don't care and you think you are eternal."