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Steve Symms
Steve Symms

Steven Douglas Symms was an American congressman (1973-1981) and U.S. senator (1981-1993) from the state of Idaho. He was among the most conservative members of the Republican Party. He currently works for Parry, Romani & DeConcini, a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. Image File history File links Stevesymms. ... A state of the United States (U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states, four of which officially favor the term commonwealth which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Boise Largest city Boise Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 14th 216,632 km² 491 km 771 km 0. ... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... The Republican Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States two-party system, the other one being the Democratic Party. ... Lobbying is the professional practice of public affairs advocacy, with the goal of influencing a governing body by promoting a point of view. ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ...

Symms was born in Nampa, Idaho, on April 23, 1938. He attended public schools and graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho in 1960, with a B.S. in agriculture. After graduation, Symms served in the Marines for three years, after which he worked as a private pilot and fruit rancher on his family's farm. From 1969-1972, he was editor of the newspaper, the Idaho Compass. Motto: Nickname: {{{nickname}}} Map Political Statistics Founded 1886 Incorporated 1891 Canyon County Mayor Tom Dale Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 51. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... Moscow (pronounced with a long o in the second syllable) is a city located in Latah County in northern Idaho along the Washington/Idaho border, opposite Pullman, Washington (home of Washington State University). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ... United States Marine Corps seal The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ...

In 1972, Symms was elected to the House of Representatives, and he won re-election three times, serving until 1980. In the 1980 election, he did not run for reelection in the House; instead he ran for the Senate. He unseated long-term incumbent Democrat Frank Church. Symms was reelected in 1986, when he defeated Democratic Governor John V. Evans. The chamber of the United States House of Representatives is located in the south wing of the Capitol building, in Washington, D.C.. This photograph shows a rare glimpse of the four vote tallying boards (the blackish squares across the top), which display each members name and vote as... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The U.S. House election, 1980 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1980 which coincided with the election of Ronald Reagan as President. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... // In politics The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other one being the Republican Party. ... Frank Forrester Church III (July 25, 1924 – April 7, 1984) was a four-term U.S. Senator representing Idaho as a Democrat (1957-1981). ...  Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The U.S. Senate election, 1986 was an election for the United States Senate in the middle of Ronald Reagans second presidential term. ... List of Idaho Governors George L. Shoup, Republican, 1890-1891 N. B. Willey, Republican, 1891-1893 William J. McConnell, Republican, 1893-1897 Frank Steunenberg, Democrat, 1897-1901 Frank W. Hunt, Democrat, 1901-1903 John T. Morrison, Republican, 1903-1905 Frank R. Gooding, Republican, 1905-1909 James H. Brady, Republican, 1909... John Victor Evans (born January 18, 1925) was governor of the U.S. state of Idaho from 1977 until 1987. ...

Symms was one of six Republicans who voted "nay" on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Act passed by a vote of 91-6. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is the short title of United States Public Law 101-336, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by George H. W. Bush. ...

In the 1988 presidential election, at the behest of Lee Atwater, Symms floated a false rumor that Kitty Dukakis, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, had burned an American flag to protest the Vietnam War, as well as a claim that Dukakis himself had been treated for a mental illness. Harvey Leroy Lee Atwater Harvey Leroy Lee Atwater (February 26, 1951 – March 29, 1991) was an American Republican political consultant and strategist. ... Katharine Dickson Dukakis (born December 26, 1936), known as Kitty Dukakis, is the wife of former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. ... Michael Stanley Dukakis (born November 3, 1933) is an American Democratic politician, former Governor of Massachusetts, and former presidential candidate, born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Greek-immigrant parents. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 1,250,000+ US dead: 58,226 US wounded...

Symms was a member of the anti-communist organization, the John Birch Society. The John Birch Society (JBS) is an ultra-conservative, Americanist organization that was founded in 1958 to fight what it saw as growing threats to the constitution of the United States, especially a perceived Communist infiltration, and to promote the free-enterprise system. ...

When his wife Fran divorced him, and details of his philandering began to emerge, Symms decided not to run for re-election in 1992. He was succeeded by the Republican mayor of Boise,Dirk Kempthorne, who was later the Idaho governor and now the Interior Secretary-designate of President George W. Bush. This article deals with the state capital of Idaho. ... Dirk Arthur Kempthorne (born October 29, 1951 in San Diego, California), became governor of Idaho in 1999. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States and former governor of Texas. ...

After leaving the Senate, he founded Symms, Lehn Associates, Inc., a consulting firm; in 2001, he left to join Parry, Romani & DeConcini. Management consulting (sometimes also called strategy consulting) refers to both the practice of helping companies to improve performance through analysis of existing business problems and development of future plans, as well as to the firms that specialize in this sort of consulting. ...

External links

  • Biography from Parry, Romani &DeConcine
  • Entry in the Congressional Biographical Dictionary
  • Steve Symms at Source Watch
Preceded by:
Jim McClure
U.S. Representative of Idaho's 1st Congressional District
Succeeded by:
Larry Craig
Preceded by:
Frank Church
United States Senator (Class 3) from Idaho
Served alongside: Jim McClure, Larry Craig
Succeeded by:
Dirk Kempthorne

  Results from FactBites:
Parry, Romani, DeConcini & Symms (196 words)
The Honorable Steve Symms, former United States Senator from Idaho, was born in Nampa, Idaho, on April 23, 1938.
A political unknown in 1972, Steve ran for and won a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
In 1980, Congressman Symms won election to the Senate upsetting a long-term incumbent and was re-elected in 1986, defeating a 10-year sitting governor.
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