|James A. Himes|
|U.S. House, Connecticut, District 4|
|January 3, 2009-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Hopewell Valley Central High School|
|Date of birth||July 5, 1966|
|Place of birth||Lima, Peru|
|Profession||Affordable Housing Executive|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
- 2009-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 4th congressional district
- 2003-2009: Enterprise Foundation/Enterprise Community Partners
- 2007-2009: Vice President
- 2002-2004: Commissioner of Greenwich Housing Authority
- 1990-2003: Goldman Sachs, Vice President
- 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
Himes serves on the following committees:
Himes served on the following committees:
- Financial Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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.
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.
|U.S. House, Connecticut District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jim Himes Incumbent||60%||175,929|
|Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Jim Himes (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$1,022,847.34||$389,483.16||$(100,732.76)||$1,311,597.74|
|Pre-Convention||May 2, 2012||$1,311,597.74||$92,753.67||$(45,979.21)||$1,358,372.20|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2012||$1,358,372.20||$461,469.08||$(122,121.77)||$1,697,719.51|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 4th Congressional District, 2010 - Jim Himes Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|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|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- CT Post.com "Himes faces growing field of challengers" Accessed December 2, 2011
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Gov Track "Himes" Accessed May 18, 2012
- Jim Himes "About Jim" Accessed October 15, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "HIMES, James A., (1966 - )"
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Jim Himes, Representing Connecticut's Fourth District "About Jim"
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- FEC Reports "Jim Himes Summary Report" Accessed July 19, 2012
- FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2012
- FEC Reports "Pre-Convention" Accessed July 19, 2012
- FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2012
- Open Secrets "James A. Himes 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
- LegiStorm "Jim Himes"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Himes, (D-Conn), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Himes, (D-Conn), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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