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Contra Costa County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Arne Simonsen

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 11

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Born in San Francisco in 1946; Parents: Otis & Betty Simonsen of Lafayette, CA; Married 38 years to Sylvia (Rink) of Montrose, Scotland Two sons (Arne Jr. 37 & Scott 33) and a daughter (Deborah 34); Granddaughter (Brooke) age 7.


Graduate, Acalanes High School (Lafayette) in 1964; Graduate, Manual Morse Intercept Operator Course, USNTC Bainbridge, MD in 1967; Graduate, AMC Pinspotter Mechanic School, Whistable, Kent, England in 1967; Graduate, Basic Russian, Defense Language Institute, Monterey in 1969; Graduate with Honors, CTI A-School, Goodfellow AFB, Texas in 1969; Graduate with Honors, Cryptanalyst School, Fort Devens, MA in 1971; Graduate with Honors, Advanced Russian, National Cryptologic School, Fort Meade, MD in 1972; Associate in Arts Degree, Excelsior College (fka Regents College, University of the State of New York) in 1976; Bachelor in Science Degree, Excelsior College (fka Regents College, University of the State of New York) in 1982


U.S. Navy 1964-1987, Retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9); Stationed in Scotland, Greece, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Spain, Azores, Italy, Sicily, Ascension Island, Bermuda, Maryland, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, and California; Served in Iceland, Norway, Germany, Ascension Island, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Spain, Azores, Sicily and Italy; Served aboard the USS Spadefish SSN-668, USS Fairfax County LST-1193, USS Saratoga CV-60, CNO Special Projects with Patrol Squadron VP-8 and Patrol Squadron VP-26; Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron VQ-2; Russian Linguist, Manual Morse Intercept Operator, Traffic Analyst and Cryptanalyst; Served as Operations Chief, Command Chief, Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Acting Commanding Officer; Naval Aircrewman aboard EP-3E ORION (AIRES II), P3-A ORION, P3-B ORION and EA-3B SKYWARRIOR; National Security Agency Representative to the Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center, Monterey; Major Awards: Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star; Meritorious Unit Commendation (5 awards); Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 awards); Navy Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Medal


Service Manager, Simonsen Air Conditioning & Heating (1987-1993); President/CEO, Simonsen Mechanical Services, Ltd. (1993 -2002); Member, Antioch Chamber of Commerce; Member, National Right to Work Committee; Member, Contra Costa Taxpayers Association; Member, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association;


Past President, Lafayette 4-H Club; Past President, Contra Costa County Junior Fair Board; Contra Costa County 4-H All-Star (1965); Past Master, Acalanes Fellowship Lodge #480, F&AM; Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175, F&AM; American Legion Post #161; Fleet Reserve Association; Aahmes Shrine AAONMS; Oakland Scottish Rite (32nd Degree); York Rite (Knight's Templar) 32nd Degree; Delta Shrine Club Honorary Kentucky Colonel, appointed by the Governor of Kentucky

Pubic Service:

Antioch City Councilman (2000 to present); Commissioner, California Delta Protection Commission; Board Member, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority; Member, San Francisco Water Transit Authority Community Advisory Committee; President, East Bay Division, League of California Cities; Chair, League of California Cities' Revenue & Taxation Policy Committee; Chair, League of California Cities' Annexation & Incorporation Subcommittee; Member, League of California Cities' Infrastructure Task Force; Member, League of California Cities' Telecommunications Subcommittee; Member, League of California Cities' Housing, Community & Economic Development Policy Committee; Founder & Member, East Bay Division Legislative Committee; Former Ex-Officio, Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Past Chair, Bus Transit Coordination Council Charter member, Antioch Economic Development Steering Committee;

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