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Rep. Jim Himes (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5541

Address: 119 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: himes.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (866) 453-0028

Address: 211 State Street, Bridgeport CT 06604-4808

Stamford CT

Phone: (203) 353-9400

Fax: (203) 333-6655

Address: 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford CT 06901-2902

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Depina, Gloria
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Meuse, Justin
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Kelly, Rachel
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Coyle, Paul
Junior Legislative Assistant
Depina, Gloria
Constituent Services Representative
Kelly, Rachel
Deputy Chief of Staff
Lappos, Amy
Constituent Services Representative; Grants Specialist
Kelly, Rachel
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Hanks, Shante
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Lappos, Amy
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Hanks, Shante
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Hanks, Shante
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Hanks, Shante
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Jim Himes Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: Connecticut 4
  • Born: Jul. 05, 1966, Lima, Peru
  • Home: Greenwich
  • Education:

    Harvard U., B.A. 1988; Oxford U., M.Phil. 1990.

  • Professional Career:

    Financial analyst and V.P., Goldman Sachs, 1990-2002; V.P., Enterprise Community Partners, 2004-08.

  • Political Career:

    Greenwich Bd. of Estimates in Taxation, 2005-07.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Mary); 2 children

Jim Himes, a Democrat elected in 2008, is a former investment banker who puts his understanding of Wall Street to use on the Financial Services Committee as well as in explaining its workings to colleagues. He also likes to spread his views on Twitter, and has drawn attention for his frequent and sometimes funny use of the social network. Read More

Jim Himes, a Democrat elected in 2008, is a former investment banker who puts his understanding of Wall Street to use on the Financial Services Committee as well as in explaining its workings to colleagues. He also likes to spread his views on Twitter, and has drawn attention for his frequent and sometimes funny use of the social network.

Though he represents one of the wealthiest areas of the country, Himes grew up in different surroundings. Born in Lima, Peru, he spent his early years in Peru and Colombia, where his father worked for the Ford Foundation, the automotive pioneer’s international development organization. Around the time of his 10th birthday, after his parents divorced, he came to the United States with his mother and two sisters and settled in Pennington, N.J. His early experience in Latin America had an enduring effect. He speaks fluent Spanish and maintains a deep interest in the region.

Himes earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and then got a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford. When he returned to the United States, he went to work for Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst. He spent 12 years at the powerful investment house, and left the company in 2002 as a vice president. The following year, he joined Enterprise Community Partners, a Columbia, Md.-based nonprofit dedicated to alleviating urban poverty. Beginning in 2004, he managed its offices in the Northeast.

Like many other Wall Street executives, Himes moved in 1998 to the affluent suburb of Greenwich to raise a family with his wife, Mary. He became active in the town Democratic committee after the 2000 presidential election, and served as committee chairman from 2003 to 2007. He worked as a campaign volunteer in 2006 for Democrat Diane Farrell, who finished roughly 7,000 votes behind Rep. Christopher Shays, a GOP moderate who had withstood repeated Democratic assaults on his seat. The following April, Himes announced his own campaign against Shays, promising the third competitive race in a row.

Himes set a torrid fundraising pace, aided in large measure by his Wall Street connections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also made him one of its top prospects in 2008. After easily dispatching a minor challenger in the August primary, Himes focused on Shays and the George W. Bush administration and attempted to link the two over the Iraq war. Himes embraced the national Democratic establishment, frequently reminding voters that he would appear on the same ticket as presidential nominee Obama. The efforts of national Democrats helped Himes slightly outraise Shays. In past years, Shays’ moderate record and seniority on Capitol Hill helped him weather political storms. But in 2008, the surge of enthusiasm for Obama’s candidacy provided a powerful final push. Himes defeated Shays 51%-48%. He won the district’s urban regions by substantial margins and also managed to stay competitive in the affluent suburbs that tend to break Republican.

Himes has taken a centrist approach in Congress, supporting Obama’s major priorities but also asserting his independence. He was one of just 22 Democrats who supported a failed amendment in March 2012 to implement the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission. He declared his frustration in April 2011 with keeping a large U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, telling a town hall audience: “I’ve arrived at the point of view that we’re not going to change Afghanistan. I’m done. I’m done.” He riled some Democratic leaders when he joined several other junior lawmakers in July 2010 to form a working group to propose large spending cuts in defense, energy, housing, and agriculture.

Earlier, during the furor in 2009 over bonuses paid to executives at AIG International and other firms receiving federal rescue money, Himes cosponsored a measure requiring all future compensation to be performance-based; it passed the House but stalled in the Senate. When the Financial Services Committee took up a sweeping financial overhaul bill, he helped craft a provision regulating the complex financial instruments known as derivatives. Consumer advocates criticized Himes and other centrist Democrats, accusing them of watering down derivatives controls passed by the Senate in an effort to appease Wall Street. Himes argued that the legislation still took significant steps to crack down on abuses at investment firms.

Himes routinely makes himself available to colleagues to answer questions about the industry. “He can explain things like derivatives and credit default swaps in plain English so (members) can have some degree of fluency in this, which is extremely helpful,” fellow Connecticut Democrat Joe Courtney told the Connecticut Post in 2012. At the same time, Himes tries to bring disaffected Wall Streeters back to the Democratic fold. “I do hear anger” from the investment industry, he told The New York Times in 2011. “Many of them know me from my previous life, and they do call me and say, ‘What the hell is going on?’’’

Republicans hoped that Obama’s absence from the ballot in 2010 would give them a shot at unseating Himes. But the GOP nomination went to state Sen. Dan Debicella of Shelton over the more moderate former state Sen. Rob Russo of Bridgeport. Himes wasted little time in portraying Debicella as an extremist and again relied on his industry connections to bring in almost $3.7 million. He won with 53% of the vote. Two years later, he had an even easier race against GOP consulting firm executive Steve Obsitnik, winning with 60%.

Himes is an avid user of Twitter, often while commuting by train. When a follower declared him to be “the coolest congressman,” Himes responded that the comment made 2012 a success for him, then tweeted, “On the other hand, in the land of the blind ...”

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Jim Himes Election Results
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2012 General
James Himes (D)
Votes: 175,929
Percent: 59.96%
Steve Obsitnik (R)
Votes: 117,503
Percent: 40.04%
2012 Primary
James Himes (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%), 2008 (51%)
Jim Himes Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 61 (L) : 39 (C) 64 (L) : 35 (C) 67 (L) : 33 (C)
Social 69 (L) : 28 (C) 65 (L) : 34 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 83 (L) : 15 (C) 76 (L) : 22 (C) 68 (L) : 31 (C)
Composite 71.8 (L) : 28.2 (C) 69.0 (L) : 31.0 (C) 75.2 (L) : 24.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC00
LCV9794
CFG923
ITIC-92
NTU1724
20112012
COC44-
ACLU-100
ACU04
ADA8580
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
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