He Attended private schools
In 1912, moved to Silver City, New Mexico. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1915.
Simms was a member of the city council, a member and chairman of the board of county commissioners of Bernalillo County, New Mexico. He engaged in banking, serving as president of a national bank in Albuquerque, and as president of a mortgage company. He served as a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (1925-1927) and was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress (March 4, 1929-March 3, 1931). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress. After leaving Congress, he was member of the Republican National Committee (1932-1934) as well as a banker, farmer, and rancher. He helped found Albuquerque Academy.
Member New Mexico House of Representatives, 1925-1927. Member 71st Congress (1929-1931), New Mexico at large. Member Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Mason (32°, Shriner). Clubs: Albuquerque Country.
Married Katherine Atherton Mather, March 14, 1913 (deceased.; married second, Ruth Hanna McCormick, March 9, 1932 (deceased.