James A. "Jim" Himes (born July 5, 1966) is an American businessman and U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 4th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district incorporates portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties in southwestern Connecticut, including the cities of Bridgeport and Stamford.
Early life and education
Himes was born July 5, 1966 in Lima, Peru, to American parents, where his father worked for the Ford Foundation and UNICEF. He spent his early childhood in Lima and Bogotá, Colombia.
After the divorce of his parents, Himes, his mother, and his two sisters moved to Pennington, New Jersey, where Himes attended and graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School. In 1984, Himes attended Harvard University where he was the captain of the Lightweight crew and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988. Himes studied for a degree in Latin American studies as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford, and graduated with a Master of Philosophy in 1990.
In 1990, Himes began working at Goldman Sachs as a banker in Latin America and New York. He was eventually promoted to vice president. In 2003, Himes began working for the non-profit Enterprise Foundation (currently Enterprise Community Partners), and later began running their metropolitan New York operations.
In 2007, he was named vice president of Enterprise.
Himes was appointed a Commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority in 2002, and served for two years as chairman of the board. He has also served as a board member of Aspira of Connecticut in Bridgeport, a board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, and as an advisory board member of Family Assets, LLC of Bridgeport.
He was also an elected member of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation and served as the Chairman of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.
In 2008 Himes faced the ten-term Republican incumbent Chris Shays in the 2008 congressional election, along with Libertarian nominee M.A.Carrano, a professional philosophy writer and systems consultant, and Green Party nominee Richard Duffee. Winning by a margin of 51 percent to 47 percent. Although Himes claimed only three towns in the district, he swamped Shays in Bridgeport, winning a staggering 83 percent of the vote there. He was also helped by Barack Obama's massive win in that district.
Himes took office in the 111th United States Congress on January 6, 2009. He is the first Democrat to represent the district since Donald J.
Irwin left office in 1969. Shays was the sole Republican congressman from New England, and Himes' win made New England's House delegation entirely Democratic for the first time in 150 years.
In the 2010 election, Himes won re-election against Republican challenger State Senator Dan Debicella.
Himes currently lives in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich with his wife, Mary, and their two daughters. He is fluent in Spanish. He is also a Member of Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich.
October 6th, 2011