Honorary member Alan K. Simpson receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

By: Ellen O'Neill

Honorary member Alan Simpson (University of Wyoming, 1997) was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Biden. Simpson is one of seventeen recipients this year to receive one of the highest awards given to a civilian. President Biden said the following during the ceremony:

“An Army veteran and public servant, Alan Simpson served with conviction and integrity for 18 years as a Republican U.S. senator from his beloved state of Wyoming.  Despite increasing polarization, he brought people together with wit and wisdom to make progress and find common ground.  Never afraid to stand up for what he felt was right, he worked on pressing issues like campaign finance reform and marriage equality.  Alan Simpson exemplifies our national ideals of civil discourse, responsible governance, and public service.”

Congratulations to Mr. Simpson for receiving this great honor!