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Steve Symms
American politician

Steve Symms

Steve Symms
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Intro American politician
A.K.A. Symms
Is Aviator Pilot Military officer Soldier Politician Officer Lobbyist Journalist Aircraft pilot
From United States of America
Field Journalism Military Politics
Gender male
Birth 23 April 1938, Nampa
Age 85 years
Star sign Taurus
Politics Republican Party
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Steven Douglas Symms (born April 23, 1938) is a former Republican politician from the U.S. state of Idaho. He served as a four-term congressman (1973–81) and two-term U.S. Senator (1981–93). He took conservative stances on significant issues. He is currently a partner at Parry, Romani, DeConcini & Symms, a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.

Life and career

Symms attended public schools in Canyon County and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1956. He studied horticulture at the University of Idaho in Moscow, where he was a reserve center on the football team and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated in 1960 with a B.S. in agriculture, then served in the U.S. Marines for three years, after which he worked as a private pilot and apple farmer. From 1969–72, he was editor of the newspaper, the Idaho Compass.


In 1972, Symms ran for Congress with a theme tied to his apple farm. He featured a drawing of a big red apple and the slogan, "Take a bite out of big government!" He was elected to the open seat in the U.S. House at age 34 and was re-elected three times, then ran for the U.S. Senate in 1980. Aided by political action committees, he unseated four-term incumbent Democrat Frank Church, winning by less than one percent in the Republican landslide. Symms was re-elected in 1986, defeating Democratic Governor John V. Evans in another hard-fought and close election.

Symms chose not to seek a third term in 1992 and was succeeded by the Republican mayor of Boise, Dirk Kempthorne, a future two-term Idaho governor and U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1972 Ed Williams 68,106 44% Steve Symms 85,270 56%
1974 J. Ray Cox 54,001 42% Steve Symms (inc.) 75,404 58%
1976 Ken Pursley 79,662 45% Steve Symms (inc.) 95,833 55%
1978 Roy Truby 57,972 40% Steve Symms (inc.) 86,680 60%
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1980 Frank Church (inc.) 214,439 49% Steve Symms 218,701 50% Larry Fullmer Libertarian 6,507 1%
1986 John V. Evans 185,066 48% Steve Symms (inc.) 196,958 52%


After leaving the U.S. Senate in 1993, Symms founded Symms, Lehn Associates, Inc., a consulting firm. In January 1999, he partnered with John Haddow and formed Symms & Haddow Associates, a lobbying firm. In January 2001, the firm joined forces with Romano Romani and former Senator Dennis DeConcini of Parry, Romani & DeConcini to form Parry, Romani, DeConcini & Symms.


Prior to his senior year at Idaho, Symms married college sweetheart Frances E. "Fran" Stockdale of Helena, Montana, in August 1959. They had four children: a son and three daughters. Following his re-election in 1986, the couple separated amidst rumors of infidelity, and their divorce was finalized in 1990. Although Symms declined to comment on the reason for the divorce, he was dogged by rumors of infidelity during his 1980s campaigns, claims which were eventually substantiated by his former wife. Symms married Loretta Mathes Fuller in 1992, a former aide and later the Deputy Sergeant of Arms of the U.S. Senate.

Symms is a cousin of former Oregon congressman Denny Smith.


Symms was one of several Republican senators who in 1981 called into the White House to express his discontent over the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court; the opposition hinged over the issue of O'Connor's presumed unwillingness to overturn Roe v. Wade.

During the 1988 U.S. presidential election, Symms claimed in a radio interview that a photograph existed from the 1960s showing Kitty Dukakis, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, burning an American flag to protest the Vietnam War. Kitty Dukakis angrily denied the accusation as "totally false and beneath contempt," and Symms later admitted that he could not substantiate it. Nevertheless, the claim became national news, as media outlets began searching for the photograph Symms said he had "heard" about. The flag-burning story was one of several false rumors about Dukakis that circulated during the 1988 campaign. "Mr. Symms's comment was the third time in a few days that prominent Republicans have publicly aired allegations that the Democrats have swiftly rebutted," the New York Times reported.

Symms was also one of the only six senators who voted against the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Steve Symms?
A: Steve Symms is a former American politician who served as a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Idaho.
Q: When was Steve Symms born?
A: Steve Symms was born on April 23, 1938.
Q: Which political party did Steve Symms belong to?
A: Steve Symms was a member of the Republican Party.
Q: How long did Steve Symms serve as a U.S. Senator?
A: Steve Symms served as a U.S. Senator from Idaho from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1993.
Q: What committees did Steve Symms serve on during his time as a U.S. Senator?
A: During his time as a U.S. Senator, Steve Symms served on several committees including the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Finance, and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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