Meet Mayor Simison
Robert was born and raised in Idaho and is a graduate of Whitman College where he majored in history. It was in college where he found his passion for public service which led him to his professional career of working for high-profile elected officials at the local and national level for more than 20 years. Robert has focused on advancing policy priorities and working to meet the needs of constituents by delivering exceptional services to the public.
From 1997 to 2007, Robert worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. He worked with the General Counsel on all legislative matters before the Committee and handled all process and procedure matters for the Committee.
Prior to being elected Mayor, Robert was a member of the City of Meridian Senior Leadership Team during his 12 years as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. His efforts led to the rebuilding of the Meridian Road Interchange, creation of the city’s first Strategic Plan, and a vote by residents to expand the City Council from four seats to six.
Robert has been active both professionally and personally in Idaho and Meridian. He has served professionally with organizations such as the Association of Idaho Cities and the Meridian Chamber of Commerce.
Shortly after taking on the role of Meridian’s Mayor, Robert was appointed by President Trump to serve on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
In addition to his work professionally, Robert has volunteered as a coach for youth soccer and baseball leagues, and often gets involved in community issues concerning our schools. Robert and his wife Jenny, along with their three children, Ethan, Natalie, and Ryan, live in south Meridian and enjoy skiing together throughout Idaho each winter.