Rob Simmons, right, here with former President George H.W. Bush during a 2006 fundraiser in Westbrook, is seeking re-election, but this time for the US Senate. Simmons served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Connecticut's 2nd District from 2001 to 2007. Simmons became the first Republican in 50 years to win three terms in the district. While in Congress Simmons served on the Armed Services, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committees. He also served as Chairman of the Homeland Security Intelligence and Veterans' Health Subcommittees. Prior to his election to Congress Simmons served in the Connecticut General Assembly representing the towns of Stonington, North Stonington and Mystic where he was re-elected four times. In addition to his political career Simmons served in the U.S. Army for a total of more than 37 years of active and reserve service, earning two Bronze Star Medals for his service in Vietnam. Simmons is a graduate of Haverford College and received an MPA from Harvard. He resides in Stonington with his wife Heidi.
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