|Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 31st district
January 10, 2007
|Preceded by||Philip C. Jimeno|
September 6, 1963 |
Bryan Simonaire was first elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2006 to represent District 31, which is a part of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He became the first Republican to ever win the State Senate seat in District 31.
After four years in office, Bryan Simonaire won the 2010 State Senate race by over 10,000 votes. Comparatively, he only won by just over 600 votes in his first election in 2006.
The District 31 seat was long held by Democrat Philip C. Jimeno, who announced that he was retiring in 2006. Simonaire defeated Democratic challenger Walter J. Shandrowsky in a tight race in the 2006 general election. After trailing in initial vote counts on Election night, Simonaire pulled ahead when absentee ballots were counted. In some parts of the state the Republican effort to get people to vote by absentee overturned some election night results. In his first election, Simonaire won with just over 50% of the vote in a district that saw Republican affiliation grow by 22% in 4 years. The Republican voter registration still only represents about 35% of the total registration in the district.
Simonaire graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. There he received his B.S. in computer science in 1985. Simonaire returned to college to receive his M.S. in engineering science from Loyola College in Maryland, where he graduated in 2005. He has been a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, a computer science honor society, since 1993.
After graduating from Bob Jones University, Simonaire worked as a computer systems engineer, for Westinghouse, where he worked until 1994. In 1995, he took a position at Northrop Grumman as a senior systems engineer. (NOTE: This was likely due to Northrup Grumman's acquisition of Westinghouse and may or may not represent a job change. See Northrup Grumman#History)
Simonaire was on the Board of Directors of the North County Republican Club  for 2 years. He is a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and he is the creator of Simonaire Santas for abused children and the founder of Heroes-at-Home , a group that he started in 2002.
- 2010 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 31
Name Votes Percent Outcome Bryan Simonaire, Rep. 25,744 62.08% Won Edward P. "Ned" Carey, Dem. 15,688 37.83% Lost Other Write-Ins 35 0.08% Lost
- 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 31
Name Votes Percent Outcome Bryan Simonaire, Rep. 19,516 50.8% Won Walter J. Shandrowsky, Dem. 18,857 49.1% Lost Other Write-Ins 28 0.1% Lost
References and notes
- de Vise, Daniel (May 25, 2006). "As Jimeno Retires, GOP Has Hopes For Senate Seat". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- Maryland State Board of Elections
- "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.
- "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Oct. 13, 2007