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John M. Simmons is a founder and managing partner of The Roosevelt Group and represents clients with interests in congressional appropriations, cybersecurity, defense, federal budget, homeland security, space and technology before Congress and the executive branch. His client base varies across the economic and political spectrum including small R&D companies, large companies targeting government procurement, economic development entities, as well as states and local military support organizations focused on military mission enhancement and protection. Prior to founding The Roosevelt Group, Mr. Simmons spent 11 years as a senior advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. Before joining the law firm, Mr. Simmons served for a decade as the appropriations associate and military legislative assistant to a senior Member of Congress who served as Chairman of several House appropriations subcommittees. John specializes in Congressional Appropriations, Cybersecurity, Defense Policy, Federal Budget Process, Homeland Security, Military Construction, and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

Mr. Simmons learned of significant power outages impacting the mission at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story. The Navy had eliminated a $32 Million power distribution project from the President’s Budget Request. Mr. Simmons executed a strategy to build congressional support to secure military construction funding outside of the regular budget process which resulted in the Secretary of the Navy reprogramming $32 Million to fund and execute the project. When encroachment around NAS Oceana and Fentress OLF led the 2005 BRAC Commission to recommend closure of the Navy’s Master Jet Base, John worked with the City of Virginia Beach and Commonwealth of Virginia on various mitigation efforts. Mr. Simmons authored “Collaborative Efforts to Address Installation Encroachment” which was adopted in the National Defense Authorization Act. John has a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.