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Paul Martin Simon

Birthplace: Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, United States
Death: December 09, 2003 (75)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Makanda, Jackson County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Martin Paul William Simon and Ruth Simon
Husband of Jeanne Simon and Private
Father of Sheila Simon, 46th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Brother of Reverend Arthur Simon

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About Paul Simon, U.S. Senator

Paul Martin Simon, 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.

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Simon is the brother of Arthur Simon, founder of Bread for the World.

On April 21, 1960, Simon married his first wife, Jeanne Hurley Simon, a member of the state legislature. It was the first time in Illinois history that two sitting members of the Illinois General Assembly married. She was an integral part of her husband's rise to national prominence. She later became a successful lawyer, author, and chair of National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She died in February 2000 of brain cancer.[21] Upon her death, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin delivered a tribute to Mrs. Simon on the senate floor.[22] Their daughter, Sheila Simon, became the 46th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in January, 2011. She previously served as a councilwoman in Carbondale, Illinois and was a law professor at Southern Illinois University.[23]

Simon made a brief cameo appearance as himself in the 1993 political comedy film Dave.[24]

In May 2001, Simon remarried to Patricia Derge, the widow of former Southern Illinois University President David Derge.

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Paul Simon, U.S. Senator's Timeline

November 29, 1928
Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, United States
March 13, 1961
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States
December 9, 2003
Age 75
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States
Makanda, Jackson County, Illinois, United States