Year Inducted / Awarded: 2003
Member Award: Distinguished Service Award
Congressman Rob Simmons is currently serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Connecticut representative from the Second District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Before his election to Congress, he served five terms in the Connecticut General Assembly. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 as a Private, graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1967, and spent 19 months in Vietnam, where he earned two Bronze Star Medals. In 1969, he joined the CIA, working as an Operations Officer for a decade, including five years on assignment overseas in East Asia. Later, he was awarded the CIA’s Seal Medallion, its highest civilian award. Congressman Simmons retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2000 with the rank of Colonel. He is a 1965 graduate of Haverford College and a 1979 graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master in Public Administration. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the Political Science Department at Yale University from 1985 to 1995 and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut from 1988 to 1991. He remains an Associate Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale. Congressman Simmons has provided dedicated support for Connecticut in development of cutting-edge technologies, and he was instrumental in securing Federal funding for the School of Engineering’s initiative in fuel cell research and commercial development.