Caroline B. Simmons is honored to represent 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) for four and a half years. As Director of Special Projects in the Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office at Homeland Security, Caroline provided support for DHS’s domestic and international counterterrorism programs. Caroline helped support DHS’s programs and budget for its homeland security team in Kabul, Afghanistan, and traveled to Kabul multiple times in connection with this work. 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 is Co-Chair of the Connecticut Young Democrats’ Women’s Caucus, and a member of the Stamford League of Women Voters and the Southwest CT Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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.

Caroline and her husband Art Linares live in Stamford and are the proud parents of two sons Teddy and Jack.