Anne Simmons, Senior Minority Policy Adviser

Anne Simmons
National Journal
Jerry Hagstrom
Sept. 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Sim­mons, a seni­or Demo­crat­ic policy ad­viser, has worked for the Ag­ri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee since 1993.

She now handles com­mod­it­ies, con­ser­va­tion, cred­it, en­ergy, re­search, and crop in­sur­ance, but says that over the years she has worked on just about every is­sue that comes be­fore the com­mit­tee — ex­cept nu­tri­tion and bi­o­tech­no­logy.

Sim­mons, 49, came to the com­mit­tee when she was work­ing for then-Rep. (now-Sen.) Tim John­son, D-S.D., who be­came a sub­com­mit­tee chair­man in charge of con­ser­va­tion.

She grew up on a corn, soy­bean, and live­stock farm in Iowa, and star­ted in Demo­crat­ic polit­ics at age 9 hand­ing out bump­er stick­ers for then-Rep. Berkley Bed­ell, D-Iowa. She stud­ied polit­ics at Cor­nell Col­lege in Iowa, and star­ted in Wash­ing­ton in 1986 as an in­tern for Bed­ell.

Sim­mons still goes home to Iowa but has missed the grain har­vest for the past two years be­cause the de­vel­op­ment of a new farm bill has been so drawn out.