Christopher Simmonsen was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. After high school he attended the University of Idaho for a short time before enlisting in the Army, serving with 2/30 INF, 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Division as a light Infantryman. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and after voluntarily extending his enlistment to remain in Afghanistan, Chris was discharged honorably from active duty and returned to the University of Idaho. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in History and American Studies, and a minor in Sociology. Currently, Chris works with the Boise VA Medical Center in Enrollment and Eligibility. In his free time he coaches and plays hockey, and spends time with his family.