|Full Name||Ron Simmons|
|Education||BA-Dallas Baptist University|
Ron Simmons is the son of two Arkansas public school teachers. He and his wife of 34 years, Lisa, have three adult children--Justin, Daniel, and Allie Beth--and two grandchildren, Peter and James. A Texas resident since 1985, Ron is a distinguished alumnus of Dallas Baptist University, the co-founder and Chairman of Retirement Advisors of America (RAA) a $2 billion investment services firm, and a member of the National Board of Directors for the Autism Society. He and Lisa are active members and leaders at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.
Since January 8, 2013 Ron has been the Texas State Representative for House District 65 in Denton County. During his first term in the Texas House, Simmons successfully authored and passed legislation protecting First Amendment rights and the integrity of Texas' election process. Simmons also authored and passed legislation standardizing the treatment and coverage of autism spectrum disorder – landmark legislation that will lead to earlier diagnoses and better outcomes for individuals on the spectrum. He was honored to be named the “Most Valuable Player” of the 2013 Freshman Class by Capitol Inside. In his second term in 2015, Ron served on the House Committee on Transportation and as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Business and Industry. He also has served as the Chair of the Policy Committee for the Texas House of Representatives Republican Caucus.
In the 85th Legislative Session, Rep. Simmons was appointed to the House Transportation Committee, the House Committee on Appropriations, and the House Committee on Local and Consent Calendars. He was also serves on the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute Board of Directors.
Information in this bio was provided by Simmons's office.
Last updated: July 20, 2017