Paul Simon (politician)

American politician (1928–2003)

Paul Martin Simon (November 29, 1928 – December 9, 2003)[1] was an American politician from Illinois. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985, and in United States Senate from 1985 to 1997. A member of the Democratic Party, he unsuccessfully ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. Simon was famous for his distinctive appearance that included a bowtie and horn-rimmed glasses.

Paul Simon
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1997
Preceded byCharles H. Percy
Succeeded byDick Durbin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byKenneth J. Gray
Succeeded byKenneth J. Gray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 24th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byKenneth J. Gray
Succeeded byKenneth J. Gray
39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 13, 1969 – January 8, 1973
GovernorRichard B. Ogilvie
Preceded bySamuel H. Shapiro
Succeeded byNeil Hartigan
Member of the Illinois State Senate
In office
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Paul Martin Simon

(1928-11-29)November 29, 1928
Eugene, Oregon
DiedDecember 9, 2003(2003-12-09) (aged 75)
Springfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jeanne Hurley
(1960 - 2000; her death)
Patricia Derge
(2001-2003; his death)
ChildrenSheila Simon
Martin Simon
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
Dana College
(did not graduate)
ProfessionIntelligence officer
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1951–1953
Battles/warsKorean War

Simon was born on November 29, 1928 in Eugene, Oregon. He studied at the University of Oregon and attended Dana College.

Simon was married to Jeanne Hurley from 1960 until her death in 2000. Then he was married to Patricia Derge from 2001 until his death in 2003. He had two children with Jeanne. One of them was Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon.

Simon died on December 9, 2003 from surgical complications after undergoing heart surgery in Springfield, Illinois, aged 75.[2]


  1. "Simon, Paul Martin, (1928–2003)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
  2. Former Sen. Paul Simon Dies Archived 2006-08-31 at the Wayback Machine Fox News

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