2014 – Senator Alan Simpson

Former United States Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming delivered the Fourth Annual Culver Center Lecture on March 27, 2014. Simpson served in the United States Senate from 1979-1997, carving out a reputation as a strong, principled conservative voice for a balanced budget, veterans’ affairs, and equal rights. He chaired the Veterans’ Affairs Committee (1995-97) and served as Republican Majority Whip (1985-87) and Republican Minority Whip (1987-1995).

In 2010, Simpson was appointed by President Obama to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with co-chair Erskine Bowles of North Carolina. The Simpson-Bowles Commission’s recommendations to address the national deficit and debt received significant national attention, but have not advanced in Congress.