Jim Himes

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James A. Himes
James A. Himes.jpg
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
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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$2,727,011
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
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]

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, 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]

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:[6]

2011-2012

Himes served on the following committees:[7]

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

Issues

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]

Elections

2012

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"

2010

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

2012

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

Himes won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Himes's campaign committee raised a total of $3,035,222 and spent $2,289,994.[11]

2010

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.[12]


U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 4th Congressional District, 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

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.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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. His average net worth decreased by 36.93% from 2010.[14]

2010

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.[15]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Himes ranked 140th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[16]

2011

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.[17]

Political Positions

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, James A. Himes has voted with the Democratic Party 89 of the time, which ranked 151 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]

Personal

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

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Shays
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 4
2009–present
Succeeded by
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