The Penn-America Group, Inc. expressed the company’s deep sense of loss at the passing of former U.S. Senator Paul Simon, who died Tuesday in Springfield Ill, following heart surgery. He was 75, and had been a member of Penn-America’s board of directors since his retirement from politics in 1997.
“All of us are deeply saddened by Paul’s death. His contributions to our company, and to our nation, were substantial,” stated Jon S. Saltzman, president and CEO. The company has not announced details of its plans to replace Simon on its board.
At the time of his death, Simon was director of the Public Policy Institute he founded at the law school of Southern Illinois University. His distinguished political career began in 1954 when he was elected to the Illinois State legislature where he served for 22 years. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, and made a brief run for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in 1988.
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