Jim Himes

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James A. Himes
James A. Himes.jpg
U.S. House, Connecticut, District 4
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHopewell Valley Central High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sOxford University
Date of birthJuly 5, 1966
Place of birthLima, Peru
ProfessionAffordable Housing Executive
Office website
Campaign website
James A. Himes campaign logo
James A. "Jim" Himes (b July 5, 1966) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Himes was elected by voters from Connecticut's 4th congressional district. He was first elected in 2008.

Himes was re-elected in 2012.[1]

Himes ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. He defeated Steve Obsitnik on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Himes is a "centrist Democratic follower".[3]


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, Jim moved with his mother and sister to the United States. Jim graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and then attended Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate work in 1988, Jim 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.[4][5]


  • 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


Himes serves on the following committees:[6]


Himes served on the following committees:[7]

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


Specific votes

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 one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



See also: Connecticut's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Himes was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Connecticut's 4th District. Himes was seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. Chris Meek, Steve Obsitnik, and David Orner ran as Republicans. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 12, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. He defeated Steve Obsitnik on November 6, 2012.[9]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Himes won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Dan Debicella (R) and Eugene Flanagan (Independent) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 4th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames A. Himes Incumbent 52% 110,746
     Republican Dan Debicella 47.9% 102,030
     Independent Eugene Flanagan 0% 10
Total Votes 212,786

Campaign donors


Jim Himes (2012)[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2012$1,022,847.34$389,483.16$(100,732.76)$1,311,597.74
Pre-Convention[13]May 2, 2012$1,311,597.74$92,753.67$(45,979.21)$1,358,372.20
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2012$1,358,372.20$461,469.08$(122,121.77)$1,697,719.51
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Himes's 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's campaign committee raised a total of $3,660,498 and spent $3,603,727.[15]


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 ranks 59th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 231st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Connecticut ranks 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.[16]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Himes's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,658,023 and $3,796,000. That averages to $2,727,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[17]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Himes' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,603,051 and $6,045,000. That averages to $4,324,025.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[18]

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. Himes ranked 109th in the liberal rankings.[19]

Political Positions

James A. Himes voted with the Democratic Party 89 of the time, which ranked 151 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[20]


Jim lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife Mary and two daughters Emma and Linley. [4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Shays
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 4
Succeeded by