Rob Simmons

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Rob Simmons
U.S. Representative from Connecticut's 2nd District
From: January 3, 2001 – January 4, 2007
Predecessor Sam Gejdenson
Successor Joe Courtney
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Heidi Simmons
Religion Episcopalian

Robert Ruhl Simmons (born February 11, 1943) served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut's second congressional district from 2001 through 2007. He was defeated for reelection in the 2006-midterm elections by 83 votes out of 250,000, the closest House race that year. [1] Simmons served on the Armed Services, Transportation and Homeland Security Committees. In 2007 he was appointed Business Advocate for the State of Connecticut by Governor Jodi Rell.

Simmons was a unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2010. Despite earlier polls showing him leading incumbent Democrat Chris Dodd who did not seek re-election. [2] [3]

A moderate Republican, Rob Simmons earned a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and voted against banning same-sex marriage. [4] Additionally he has voted with Democrats on environmental protection and voted in support of McCain-Feingold. [5] Despite his liberal positions on social issues, Simmons opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing her treatment of a group of Connecticut firefighters.[6] He has also come out against the $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Rob Simmons has served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Military Intelligence Officer since 1970 and would rise to the rank of Colonel.

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