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Himes Scores Victory Over Shaban In Race For Congress

Jim Himes poses for photos with his supporters after his victory speech at the Stamford Sheraton on election night. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

STAMFORD, Conn. — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich scored a decisive victory Tuesday night over Republican challenger John Shaban of Redding in the race for the 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.   

This will be the fourth term for Himes, 50. 

"Finding a way to work together," Himes said will be the first priority when he returns to work after celebrating his win. The infrastructure will be another top priority. 

"It will bring more jobs, more businesses in to the area. We also need better quality education for all children, no matter what neighborhood they're born into," Himes said. 

He was first elected in 2009, when he defeated Republican Chris Shays. 

Himes is a member of the House Committees on Financial Services, is the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Vice-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition.

Having spent his early years in Peru, Himes is fluent in Spanish. He graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and attended Harvard University. Himes received a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University in England.

Himes first held elected office as a member of the finance board in Greenwich, where he lives with his wife, Mary, and daughters Emma and Linley.

Himes has carved out a number of issues in his time in the House, including a controversial vote this summer not to grant a tax break for Olympic Gold Medalists. 

This summer he also joined the rest of the Connecticut delegation in taking part in a sit-in at the Well of the House Floor to call for a vote on gun control measures, which ultimately failed. He also caused a controversy when he walked out of the House in June during a moment of silence held for victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.  Himes tweeted: "I will not attend one more"Moment of Silence" on the Floor. Our silence does not honor the victims, it mocks them." He called instead for legislative action on gun control. 

The 4th Congressional District includes most of Fairfield County — Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, part of Shelton, Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton as well as Oxford in New Haven County.

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