Hometown: Cody, Wyoming
Al Simpson lettered in football and basketball at the University of Wyoming in 1952 and 1953. Upon his graduation in 1954, he served in the U. S. Army for two years. He returned to UW in 1956 and earned his law degree in 1958. He practiced law in Cody for eighteen years and was very active in local and state politics. He was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives in 1964 and served for thirteen years. In 1978, Simpson was elected to the U. S. Senate and served three terms, including ten years as Assistant Majority Leader. After retiring from the Senate, Simpson was a visiting lecturer and Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for two years. He then returned to the University of Wyoming as a visiting lecturer in the Political Science department. Simpson remains a partner in a law firm in Cody, Wyo., and continues to serve on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and travels the country giving speeches on a variety of subjects. His book, Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press, chronicles his personal experiences and views of the Fourth Estate. He continues to be a vocal and passionate supporter of the University of Wyoming and its Athletics Department, including serving as emcee at several of the Hall of Fame banquets.