Paul Simon, an active Lutheran, a pastor's son, has lived a life of public service — in elective office and as a newspaper publisher. He retired in 1997 from the U.S. Senate where he served two terms as a Democrat from Illinois. Just weeks later he joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he teaches political science and journalism. He is also founder and director of the Public Policy Institute at the school. He served Illinois as a state representative, a U.S. representative and senator, and as lieutenant governor.
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