Alan Simpson was born and raised in Wyoming. He served from 1965 to 1977 in the Wyoming House of Representatives from Park County. Then he set his sights on the U.S. Senate. From 1979 to 1997 he served as a United States Senator from Wyoming. From 1985 to 1995, Simpson was the Republican whip, Assistant Republican Leader in the Senate. Additionally, he served as chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 1981 to 1985, and again from 1995 to 1997. He also chaired the Immigration and Refugee Subcommittee of Judiciary; the Nuclear Regulation Subcommittee; the Social Security Subcommittee and the Committee on Aging. In 2010, Simpson was appointed by President Obama to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Democrat co-chair Erskine Bowles of North Carolina.