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
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$2,727,011
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]

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. He graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and then attended Harvard 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

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 1 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.[7]

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, representing Connecticut's 4th District. He defeated Steve Obsitnik on November 6, 2012.[8]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Jim Himes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]4/15/2013$762,091.15$164,350.81$(402,946.93)$523,495.03
July Quarterly[14]7/15/2013$523,495.03$317,923.78$(106,214.31)$735,204.50
Running totals
$482,274.59$(509,161.24)

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.[15] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[16]

Cost per vote

Himes spent $13.02 per vote received in 2012.

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.[17]

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

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".[18]

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.[19]

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 Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

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.[21]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Himes was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Himes's staff was given an apparent $4,974.08 in bonus money.[22]

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, 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.[23]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

Voting with party

June 2013

James A. Himes voted with the Democratic Party 90.1% of the time, which ranked 170th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[27]

Personal

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

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. CT Post.com "Himes faces growing field of challengers" Accessed December 2, 2011
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  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 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Jim Himes, Representing Connecticut's Fourth District "About Jim"
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Himes," Accessed March 22, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Jim Himes Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 18, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Jim Himes 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  16. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "James A. Himes 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Himes" Accessed June 7, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "Rep. James Himes," Accessed July 31, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Jim Himes," Accessed March 29, 2013
  21. LegiStorm "Jim Himes"
  22. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Himes, (D-Conn), 2011"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Himes, (D-Conn), 2010"
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Shays
U.S. House of Representatives - Connecticut, District 4
2009–present
Succeeded by
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