Robert Simmons (R-CT) was born in New York City on February 11, 1943. After Graduating from Haverford College in 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Private. Simmons graduated from the Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1967 as a commissioned officer and during the Vietnam War earned two Bronze Star medals for his service. Congressman Simmons served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 to 2003, when he retired as a full Colonel. After retiring from active duty in 1969, Simmons joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer.
Simmons political career began in 1979 when he earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and accepted a staff member position with Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island. Simmons became the Staff Director for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in 1981.
Before running for Congress, Simmons was a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1990 to 2000. Thereafter, he was elected to the 107th and the two succeeding Congresses. He also ran Senate campaign in 2009 - 2010 eventually losing in the primary to Linda McMahon.
While in Congress, Simmons served as a member for the House of Armed Services Committee and the House of Homeland Security Committee. While on the House Armed Services Committee, the Congressman was involved in cases regarding the defense presence within his district and the prevention of base closures. During his time on the House Homeland Security Committee, Simmons served as the chairman for the subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment. He assisted with the insertion of language into the 2006 National Defense Authorization Act and was also involved in developing an open source intelligence unit at the Department of Homeland Security.