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Robert R. Simmons Papers

Identifier: 2007-0029

Scope and Content

The collection contains subject and chronological files maintained by Simmons during his years in the Connecticut General Assembly.

Materials documenting the efforts of Congressman Simmons to prevent the closure of the submarine base in Connecticut have been digitized and are available in the Library digital repository.


  • Creation: undated, 1967-2006

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Robert R. Simmons was born in New York, NY, on 11 February 1943. He graduated from Haverford College (Haverford, PA in 1965 and received his M.P.A. from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) in 1979. Simmons was drafted by the U.S. Army as a Private in 1965, attended Infantry Officer Candidate School and served in Vietnam for twenty months where he won two Bronze Star Medals. He served in the Army Reserves from 1969-2003 retiring as a Colonel. For ten years he was an operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (1969-1979) before joining the staff of United States Senator John Chafee (Rhode Island). In 1981, he joined the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee where he served as Staff Director for Senator Barry Goldwater (Arizona) from 1981-1985. He served five terms in the Connecticut General Assembly (1991-2001) before his election to the U.S. Congress in 2000, representing the second district from 3 January 2001 until until January 2007. In February 2007, Simmons was nominated by Governor M. Jodi Rell to be Connecticut's first Business Advocate.

He is married to Edith P. "Heidi" Simmons, also of Stonington, and has a daughter Jane and a son Robert.


174.2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Records documenting the early legislative career of Robert R. "Rob" Simmons. Simmons represented Stonington and North Stonington from 1991 to 2001 in the Connecticut General Assembly before his election to Congress, representing Connecticut's Second Congressional District from 2001 until 2007. He was nominated as Connecticut's first Business Advocate by Governor M. Jodi Rell in February 2007, and in April was unanimously confirmed by both houses of the General Assembly.


The box inventory is listed as received.

Series I: Files (undated, 1991-2006) contains administrative files pertaining to Simmons' activities in the Connecticut general assembly.

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated by Mr. Simmons in 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials associated with the Base Closure and Realignment Report have been digitized and are available in the Library digital repository.

General Physical Description note

174.2 linear feet.

Robert R. Simmons Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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