James Andrew Himes (born July 5, 1966) is an American businessman and
U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 4th congressional district,
serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party and
Chairman of the New Democrat Coalition.
The Fourth Congressional District incorporates portions of Fairfield
and New Haven counties in Southwestern Connecticut, including the
cities of Bridgeport, Westport and Stamford.
1 Early life and education
2 Professional career
3 U.S. House of Representatives
3.1.1 111th Congress (2009–2011)
3.1.2 112th Congress (2011–2013)
3.1.3 113th Congress (2013–2015)
3.2 Committee assignments
3.3 Caucus memberships
4.5 Financial services
4.6 Gun issues
4.7 Health care
4.8 The Fourth Amendment
4.10 Animal rights and wildlife issues
4.11 LGBT rights
4.13 Electoral College and presidential selection
5 Political campaigns
6 Personal life
7 See also
9 External links
Early life and education
Himes was born July 5, 1966 in Lima, Peru, to American parents,
where his father worked for the Ford Foundation.
His father, James R. Himes, also worked for UNICEF, being the
director of the Unicef Innocenti Center, a research institute on child
development in Florence, Italy.
His mother, Judith A. Himes, was, until recent years, the director of
board activities for the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in
He spent his early childhood in
Lima and Bogotá, Colombia. After
the divorce of his parents, Jim, his mother, and his two sisters moved
to Pennington, New Jersey, where Himes attended and graduated
from Hopewell Valley Central High School.
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Harvard University as an undergraduate where he was the
captain of the Lightweight crew and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
in 1988. Himes studied for a degree in
Latin American studies as a
Rhodes scholar at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and graduated with a
Master of Philosophy in 1990. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters degree from the
University of Bridgeport
University of Bridgeport on May 5,
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In 1995, Himes began working at Goldman Sachs as a banker in Latin
America and New York. He was eventually promoted to vice president. In
2003, Himes began working for the non-profit Enterprise Foundation
(currently Enterprise Community Partners), and later began running its
metropolitan New York operations. In 2007, he was named vice president
Himes was appointed a Commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority
in 2002, and served for two years as chairman of the board. He has
also served as a board member of Aspira of
Connecticut in Bridgeport,
a board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, and as an
advisory board member of Family Assets, LLP of Bridgeport.
He was also an elected member of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and
Taxation and served as the Chairman of the Greenwich Democratic Town
U.S. House of Representatives
Himes has sponsored 32 bills, including:
111th Congress (2009–2011)
H.R. 2600, a bill to prohibit any state from imposing income taxes on
nonresident individuals for any period in which the individual is not
physically present in or working in the state, introduced May 21,
2009, reintroduced in the 112th Congress as H.R. 5615, reintroduced in
the 113th Congress as H.R. 4085.
H.R. 3973, a bill to award competitive grants to school systems that
are implementing innovative early-education curricula, introduced
October 29, 2009. Himes introduced a similar bill in the 112th
Congress as H.R. 3322 and two similar bills in the 113th Congress as
H.R. 3983 and H.R. 3984.
H.R. 4106, a bill to create a grant and loan program for retrofitting
homes with renewable energy technology, introduced November 18, 2009.
H.R. 5779, a bill to terminate and reduce payments for various
agricultural programs, introduced July 20, 2010.
112th Congress (2011–2013)
H.R. 1965, a bill to increase from $1 to $10 the shareholder
registration threshold for issuing securities, and to require any bank
or bank holding company to register with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission if its assets exceed $10 million and include a
certain class of equity security held of record by 2,000 or more
people, introduced May 24, 2011. H.R. 1965 has passed the House of
Representatives but has yet to become law.
H.R. 3283, a bill to exempt from regulation under Title VII of the
Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (WSTAA)
any swap dealers who are either a U.S. corporation or a subsidiary of
a U.S. corporation and report such swaps to a swap data repository
registered with the
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), to
subject swap dealers to any regulations established by the CFTC to
prevent evasion of WSTAA requirements, and subjects to WSTAA
requirements any non-U.S. swap dealer who engages in swaps with any
U.S. corporation, introduced October 31, 2011.
H.R. 6187, a bill to increase efforts to cure HIV/AIDS, introduced
June 25, 2012, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 3630.
113th Congress (2013–2015)
H.R. 4552, a bill to establish minimum safety standards for equestrian
helmets, introduced May 1, 2014
H.R. 5004, a bill to promote renewable energy technology for
multi-family homes and to make grants available to establish or expand
energy savings plans that reduce total energy, water, or gas
consumption by at least 20% for multi-family homes, introduced June
H.R. 5674, a bill to award grants to higher education institutions
that carry out new or existing programs designed to graduate students
at significantly lower student costs and within shorter time periods
than traditional programs, to create minimum affordability,
accessibility, and value accountability standards for higher education
institutions, and to financially punish higher education institutions
that do not make improvements in such standards, introduced September
Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Congressional Arts Caucus
Planned Parenthood gives Himes a 100% pro-choice rating. He voted
Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the Affordable Health Care for
America Act that was intended to prevent any federal funds from paying
for any health care plan with abortion coverage.
Himes states that "we should reduce our presence in Afghanistan as
rapidly as possible and reshape our mission to focus exclusively on
counterterrorism", yet requiring "presence in the region, but one
considerably smaller than that required by our present strategy of
nation-building." He believes in a world free of nuclear weapons,
and readily supports sanctions against Iran. He voted for the
Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of
2010. He supports a two-state solution between Israel and
Himes believes that early childhood education is "the most intelligent
investment a nation can make in its future," and voted to double
funding for Early Head Start Program. He stated in 2008 that No
Child Left Behind "is well-intentioned because it focuses on
education, but it must be reformed." Himes also co-authored an
amendment to the
Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act
Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act that
promoted the financial literacy of students.
Environment America has given Himes a 100% rating. He believes
that "By creating the right set of financial incentives and supporting
a broad range of research and development, we can deliver the energy
our economy requires to thrive while protecting our planet." He
also voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
On March 6, 2013, Himes co-sponsored H.R. 992  which rolls back
provisions in section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and
Consumer Protection Act. Citigroup's recommendations were reflected in
more than 70 lines of the House Financial Services committee's 85-line
bill. Two crucial paragraphs, prepared by Citigroup in conjunction
with other Wall Street banks, were copied nearly word for word.
According to the Congressional Budget Office "H.R. 992 would allow
certain financial firms to retain financial portfolios containing
swaps while remaining eligible for assistance from the Federal Reserve
and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)."
Himes vorted for H.R. 922., the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act.
He also voted for H.R. 2374, the Retail Investor Protection Act.
Himes voted against H.R. 627 which allowed loaded guns into national
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gives him a 100%
lifetime score for his support of more gun regulations.
Himes supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He
believes in preserving Medicare and
Medicaid and says we must be
"prepared to equitably reform these programs to address the
challenging problem of rising health care costs and ensure that these
important safety net programs are here to help this generation and the
The Fourth Amendment
Himes voted against H.R. 2397 which was to defund the NSA domestic
phone metadata spying program. As one who is against the NSA's
metadata spying program, Himes states that he voted against H.R. 2397
not because he objects to the principle of limiting the NSA's power,
but because the bill was created in a reactionary manner and stripped
the NSA of too much power.
Himes co-sponsored H.R. 402, The National Infrastructure Development
Bank Act of 2011, which would objectively fund national infrastructure
projects. According to Himes, it would also "attract private
investment and facilitate private sector partnering with regions,
states and localities to borrow from the Bank while adding its own
private equity to projects." He has helped bring money to the 4th
district, such as "over $70 million for safety improvements,
resurfacing, enhancements, and bridge improvements to the Merritt
Parkway; over $11 million for infrastructure improvements at the Steel
Point project in Bridgeport that will generate thousands of new jobs;
and $30 million for upgrades to Metro North’s Danbury Branch
Animal rights and wildlife issues
In 2009-2010, the Society for Animal Protective legislation gave Himes
a rating of 100% for his support of animal protection. In 2009, Himes
was given a rating of 100% by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
for his position on wildlife action.
In 2009-2010, the
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign gave Himes a rating of
In 2009-2010, the American Immigration Lawyers Association gave Himes
a rating of 100% for his stance on the defense of immigrants in the
Electoral College and presidential selection
Himes lobbied the Electoral College to refuse to vote for Donald Trump
and to instead elect Hillary Clinton. On December 12, 2016, in an
interview on CNN's New Day, he said that he was troubled by several
actions by the president-elect. The issue that "pushed me over the
edge" was Trump's criticism of the
CIA and the intelligence community.
The Congressman did admit that Trump won "fair and square," but he
said that Trump proved himself unfit for public office. He cited the
intentions behind the creation of the electoral college and he argued
that it was created for an instance such as the election of
Connecticut's 4th congressional district
Connecticut's 4th congressional district election, 2008
Himes faced the ten-term Republican incumbent
Chris Shays in the 2008
congressional election, along with Libertarian nominee M.A. Carrano, a
professional philosophy writer and systems consultant, and Green Party
nominee Richard Duffee. Winning by a margin of 51 percent to
47 percent, While Shays won 14 of the district's 17 towns,
Himes won all three of the district's large cities—Bridgeport,
Norwalk and Stamford. Ultimately, he owed his victory to swamping
Shays in Bridgeport, winning a staggering 80 percent of the vote
there. He was also helped by Barack Obama's massive win in that
district; Obama carried the 4th with 60 percent of the vote, one of
the largest margins Obama recorded in a Republican-held district.
Himes took office in the 111th
United States Congress on January 6,
2009. He is the first Democrat to represent the district since Donald
J. Irwin left office in 1969, and only the second since 1943. Shays
was the sole Republican congressman from New England, and Himes's win
made New England's House delegation entirely Democratic for the first
time in history.
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In the 2010 election, Himes won reelection against Republican
challenger State Senator Dan Debicella. Along with the three towns
that he won in 2008, Himes also won Redding, Weston, and Westport, and
won Fairfield by nine votes.
The campaign raised $3,660,497.57, $3,603,727 of which was spent.
Only 4% of that came from small individual donors, while 60% came from
large individual donors. The remaining donations came mostly from
Political Action Committees (34%). Himes did not self-finance at
all. The majority of his money, 74%, came from in-state. Only 26%
came from out of state. Rep. Himes disclosed 97.9% of his
On October 16, 1994, he married Mary Linley Scott, of Toronto, a
daughter of Janet and Michael Scott. The ceremony took place at
Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was
performed by the Rev. M. Jane Watanabe, an Anglican associate priest.
His wife was an assistant designer at Dorf Associates, a retail design
firm in New York. She graduated from
McGill University and from the
Parsons School of Design. Her father retired as the vice chairman of
Scotia McLeod, an investment bank in Toronto.
Himes lives in the
Cos Cob section of Greenwich with his wife and
their two daughters: Emma and Linley. His daughter Emma attends
the University of Pennsylvania. He is fluent in Spanish. He is
also a Member of Session of the First Presbyterian Church of
Enterprise Community Partners
^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
^ a b c "Himes, James A". Biographical Directory of the United States
Congress. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
^ a b c d e Halbfinger, David M. (2008-11-09). "'Bullheaded' and a
Rhodes Scholar, and Now Headed to Capitol Hill". The New York Times.
^ a b Congressman Jim Himes : Biography
^ "Himes Reaches Out to War-Weary Republicans" Archived 2010-10-21 at
the Wayback Machine.,
Jim Himes for Congress. Accessed February 15,
2011. "He was raised by "a working single mom" in the small town of
Pennington, N.J., and attended 'a decent public school.' When he
brought home an A minus, his mother would ask, 'What went wrong?'"
^ Rep. Jim Himes, D-CT, to address graduates at University of
Bridgeport's 102nd Commencement on May 5
^ Wall Street's Favorite Democrat April 26, 2012
^ Officers Greenwich Democrats[dead link]
^ "Representative Himes's Legislation". Library of Congress. Retrieved
December 5, 2014.
^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 13 March
Planned Parenthood Action
^ Congressional Record
^ a b c Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives
^ a b c Rep. Himes' Platform: Defense Archived 2011-10-28 at the
^ Rep. Himes' Platform: Education Archived 2011-10-28 at the Wayback
^ Vote Smart Project: Stamford Advocate
^ Thomas, Library of Congress
^ Environment America
^ Rep. Himes' Platform: Energy and Environment Archived 2011-10-28 at
the Wayback Machine.
^ Lipton, Eric; Protess, Ben (May 23, 2013). "Banks' Lobbyists
Drafting Financial Bills". The New York Times.
^ "H.R. 992, Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act - CBO". Cbo.gov.
2013-05-20. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
^ "H.R.2374 - 113th Congress (2013-2014): Retail Investor Protection
Act Congress.gov Library of Congress". Beta.congress.gov.
^ Vote Smart Project: Brady Campaign Evaluation
^ Rep. Himes' Platform: Health Care Archived 2011-10-28 at the Wayback
^ a b Rep. Himes' Platform: Transportation
^ a b c "Jim Himes' Ratings and Endorsements - Project Vote Smart".
Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
^ Daniel Halper, "New York Post," "Congressman begs Electoral College
voters to block Trump," December 12, 2016.
^ Elections Results from the
Connecticut Secretary of State
^ Jon Lender & Mark Pazniokas (November 5, 2008). "Jim Himes
Defeats Christopher Shays in 4th District". The Hartford Courant.
Retrieved April 18, 2014.
^ AP Election Results - Courant.com
^ a b c d OpenSecrets.org
^ "Weddings; Mary L. Scott, James A. Himes". New York Times. October
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-25. Retrieved
2015-12-25. From One House to Another
^ a b "Meet Jim". Archived from the original on March 5, 2008.
Retrieved March 6, 2008.
Jim Himes official U.S. House website
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