Office Seeking: U.S. House, Connecticut-4th District
Position Held: U.S. Representative, Incumbent
Primary Election Date: August 10, 2010
General Election Opponents: Dan Debicella, Rob Russo, Rob Merkle, Will Gregory, Rick Torres
General Election Date: November 2, 2010
Voted for healthcare reform
Proposed a refundable higher education tax credit to help students afford college
Has called on Congress to extend tax credits that promote wind and solar energy
Why we like him: Jim Himes has been a strong supporter of health care reform as well as the economic stimulus package. His emphasis on green technologies, particularly in building and construction, shows that both are friendly to the planet and heavily cost-efficient.
Candidate Quote: “I’m proud to have helped craft and pass historic legislation to modernize the regulation of the American financial system. Financial reform will help restore consumer confidence, increase transparency, control dangerous Wall Street excesses, and eliminate the possibility that the American taxpayer will ever again have to bailout irresponsible private companies.”
Jim Himes grew up as the child of a single working mom in a small town. As a member of Congress, Jim works hard to provide all American children with the same opportunities he had to succeed. Born in Lima, Peru in 1966 to American parents, he spent his early childhood years in Peru and Colombia. As an American abroad, Jim was raised with an awareness of the unique position of the United States in the World.
Prior to his service in Congress, Jim ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. His experience at Enterprise spurred his involvement in politics. He went on to serve as Commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority and an elected member of his town’s finance board.
Race Type: Democratic Protect
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