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James A. Himes
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U.S. House, Connecticut, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorChris Shays (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$13.02 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,497,448
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolHopewell Valley Central High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sOxford University
Personal
BirthdayJuly 5, 1966
Place of birthLima, Peru
ProfessionAffordable Housing Executive
Net worth$5,967,025
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James A. Himes campaign logo
James A. "Jim" Himes (b July 5, 1966, in Lima, Peru) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Connecticut's 4th Congressional District. Himes was first elected to the House in 2008.

Himes was re-elected in 2012.[1] Himes ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and defeated Steve Obsitnik on November 6, 2012.[2]

Himes is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Himes is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Born in Lima, Peru, to American parents, he spent the early years of his childhood in Peru and Colombia while his father worked for the Ford Foundation and UNICEF. At the age of ten, Himes moved with his mother and sister to the United States.

Education:

  • Hopewell Valley Central High School
  • 1988: Harvard University
  • 1990: Oxford University

After completing his undergraduate work in 1988, he earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to attend Oxford University in England where he continued his studies of Latin America, including research in El Salvador. He earned his M. Phil. in 1990.[3][4]

Career

  • Board member for:
    • Aspira of Connecticut
    • Fairfield County Community Foundation
    • Family Assets, LLC (Advisory Board Member)
    • Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation (Elected Member)
    • Greenwich Democratic Town Committee Chair

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Himes serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Himes served on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Himes's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Himes, after listening to constituents at a meeting on September 8, 2013, said he was unsure how he would vote on whether to strike Syria.[9] According to reports, Himes heard mostly negative opinions about the request by President Barack Obama for congressional authorization for military strikes against the Syrian regime and has said he still had questions.[9][10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Himes voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Himes voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" HImes voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Himes voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[15]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[16] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18]Himes voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Himes joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Himes voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Himes voted for HR 2775.[26]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Himes voted in favor of HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[27]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Himes voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[28]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Himes voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[29]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Himes voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[30]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Himes voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[31]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Himes voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: Connecticut's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Himes is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Connecticut's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Himes ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 4th District. He defeated Steve Obsitnik on November 6, 2012.[33]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Himes Incumbent 60% 175,929
     Republican Steve Obsitnik 40% 117,503
Total Votes 293,432
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Himes is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Himes raised a total of $10,497,448 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[36]

Jim Himes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Connecticut, District 4) Won $3,035,222
2010 US House (Connecticut, District 4) Won $3,660,498
2008 US House (Connecticut, District 4) Won $3,801,728
Grand Total Raised $10,497,448

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Himes' reports.[37]

Jim Himes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$762,091.15$164,350.81$(402,946.93)$523,495.03
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$523,495.03$317,923.78$(106,214.31)$735,204.50
October Quarterly[40]October 13, 2013$735,204.50$354,754.56$(130,096.80)$959,862.26
Year-End[41]January 31, 2014$959,862$373,753$(115,821)$1,217,794
Running totals
$1,210,782.15$(755,079.04)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Himes' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Himes won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Himes' campaign committee raised a total of $3,035,222 and spent $2,289,994.[42] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Himes spent $13.02 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Himes' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Himes won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Himes' campaign committee raised a total of $3,660,498 and spent $3,603,727.[44]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 4, 2010 - Jim Himes Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,660,498
Total Spent $3,603,727
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,965,915
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,961,841
Top contributors to Jim Himes's campaign committee
General Electric$57,550
Goldman Sachs$40,750
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co$19,200
Metropolitan Museum of Art$19,200
Pullman & Comley$18,850
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$495,630
Retired$232,010
Lawyers/Law Firms$226,450
Insurance$172,737
Real Estate$163,850

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Himes is a "rank-and-file Democrat."[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Himes most often votes with:

Himes least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Himes missed 63 of 3,350 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Himes paid his congressional staff a total of $971,798 in 2011. He ranked 59th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 231st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranked 4th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Himes is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Himes's staff was given an apparent $4,974.08 in bonus money.[49]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Himes's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,688,051 and $9,246,000. That averages to $5,967,025, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Himes ranked as the 60th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50]

Jim Himes Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth
2012$5,967,025$71,000

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Himes ranked 140th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[51]

2011

Himes ranked 109th in the liberal rankings.[52]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Himes has voted with the Democratic Party 90.1% of the time, which ranked 170th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Personal

Himes lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife Mary and two daughters Emma and Linley.[3]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. CT Post.com, "Himes faces growing field of challengers," accessed December 2, 2011
  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jim Himes, "About Jim," accessed October 15, 2011
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HIMES, James A., (1966 - )," accessed October 15, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Jim Himes, Representing Connecticut's Fourth District, "About Jim," accessed October 15, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 NBC Connecticut, "Blumenthal, Himes Undecided on Syria Strike Vote," accessed September 9, 2013
  10. Monroe Courier, "Himes, ‘skeptical’ on Syria strikes, hears from constituents," accessed September 9, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 13, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  16. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  30. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  31. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 13, 2013
  32. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  33. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim Himes," accessed March 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Himes Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Jim Himes 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "James A. Himes 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 8, 2011
  45. GovTrack, "Himes," accessed June 7, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. James Himes," accessed July 31, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Jim Himes," accessed March 29, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Jim Himes," accessed August 21, 2012
  49. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  50. OpenSecrets, "Jim Himes (D-Conn), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  51. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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Preceded by
Chris Shays
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 4
2009–present
Succeeded by
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