|William Edward Simon, Jr. (born June 20, 1951), best known as Bill Simon, is an American businessman and politician. In 2002, Simon campaigned unsuccessfully for Governor of California as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Gray Davis. Billed as a "conservative Republican," the virtually unknown Simon's campaign was significantly boosted by support from better-known Republican officeholders from out of state, including former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.|
Simon was born in Neptune, New Jersey, the son of William E. Simon, Sr., the 63rd Secretary of the Treasury under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Coincidentally, Simon was a childhood friend of current Democratic party chair Howard Dean.
Simon earned a B.A. from Williams College in 1973, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity, and a J.D. from Boston College in 1982. From 1986 to 1988, Simon served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, working under then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani.
In 1988, Simon, together with his father and brother J. Peter Simon, co-founded William E. Simon & Sons, a global merchant bank. The two brothers are also the co-chairs of the William E. Simon Foundation.
|For all the aggression of his father's parenting style, Bill Simon Jr. followed him in his politics ("basically a chip off the old block in terms of his perspective," Feulner says); his deeply felt, conservative Catholicism (a Knight of Malta, Simon makes a pilgrimage to the cathedral in Lourdes, France, every year); and ultimately, his career.|
|Bill Simon, Jr., the 2002 California Republican Gubernatorial candidate, delivered the annual Presidents' Day Address at the College before a packed St. Joseph Commons on February 17, 2003. Among other endeavors, Simon is Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation, founded by his deceased father to engage in a wide-variety of philanthropic interests. Like his father, Simon has been a loyal friend of the College, which he calls, "a sanctified island in a secular sea." He is a graduate of William's College and Boston College Law School. A Knight of Malta, he and his wife, Cynthia, have four children. Following is an abridged version of his remarks.|
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