At a Glance
- Career History:
Policy analyst for the Joint Economic Committee (1998 to 1999); Science and technology adviser to Sen.
(1997 to 1998); Science fellow for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee (1993 to 1997); Principal Deputy Director for the
Department of Energy
's Office of Energy Research (1993 to 1997).
- Birthday: January 12, 1956
- Hometown: Philadelphia
- Alma Mater: Ursinus College, B.S., 1977; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. (chemistry), 1982.
- Spouse: Karen
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- DC Office: 304 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, District of Columbia 20510, (202) 224-4971
- Web site
Path to Power
Simon is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Ursinus College with a chemistry degree in 1977. After receiving his Ph.D. in the subject from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the National Research Council's board on chemical sciences and technology, eventually becoming its staff director.
He then went to work for George H.W. Bush's Department of Energy, where he led studies on national energy policy and managed research-and- development programs in the department's Office of Energy Research.
Simon has been at the forefront of congressional efforts to pass comprehensive energy legislation. He worked on a successful 2007 bill that boosted the use of renewable fuels and increased energy-efficiency standards. He also helped get Democrats to offer their ideas to a Republican-sponsored 2005 energy law that boosted energy research and included new consumer protections in response to soaring electricity prices.
Congress has continued to propose wide-ranging bills in response to public demands and to address the many concerns left unresolved in earlier laws. In June 2009, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill to open expansive new areas of the Gulf of Mexico to oil-and- gas drilling and make it easier to site electric-power transmission lines.
Simon seeks to work cooperatively with Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski , the Energy and Natural Resources Committee's top Republican member, and her staff director, McKie Campbell. "She's had a determination to get energy back on a bipartisan track," he said of Murkowski.