Representative Caroline Simmons 

Connecticut (D)

Caroline Simmons represents the 144th District in Stamford, Connecticut. She is House Chair of the Commerce Committee.

Caroline worked for the Women’s Business Development Council in Stamford where she helped provide entrepreneurial, financial, and professional development training programs for women in CT. She currently serves on the WBDC’s board.

Previously, Caroline worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as Director of Special Projects in the Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office. Caroline provided support for DHS’s domestic and international counterterrorism programs and DHS’s programs and budget for its homeland security team in Kabul, Afghanistan. Caroline also worked to enhance the Department’s countering violent extremism and active shooter awareness and response training for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers. Before this, Caroline interned at the U.S. Department of State for the Middle East Partnership Initiative within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she assisted with economic empowerment programs in the Middle East.

Caroline was born in Connecticut on February 10, 1986 and is the second oldest of five children. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2011. Caroline also studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco.