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Paul Martin SIMON

(1928-2003)
Senate Years of Service:
1985-1997
Party:
Democrat

SIMON, Paul Martin, a Representative and Senator from Illinois; born in Eugene, Lane County, Oreg., November 29, 1928; attended the public schools of Eugene and Concordia Academy High School, Portland, Oreg.; attended the University of Oregon, Eugene 1945-1946 and Dana College, Blair, Nebr., 1946-1948; pursued career as a newspaper editor and publisher in Troy, Ill., eventually building a chain of fourteen weeklies; served in the United States Army 1951-1953; teacher at Sangamon State University, Springfield, Ill., 1972-1973, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government 1973; served in the Illinois house of representatives 1955-1963 and in the Illinois State senate 1963-1968; lieutenant governor of Illinois 1969-1973; author; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974 and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1985); was not a candidate for reelection in 1984 to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1990 and served from January 3, 1985, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988; director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University, 1997-2003; was a resident of Carbondale, Ill., until his death following heart surgery in Springfield, Ill., on December 9, 2003; interment in a family plot near Makanda, Ill.

Bibliography

Simon, Paul. P.S.: The Autobiography of Paul Simon. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1999; Simon, Paul. Advice Consent: Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, and the Intriguing History of the Supreme Court’s Nomination Battles. Washington: National Press Books, 1992.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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