Himes is the representative for Connecticut’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2009. Himes is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Himes.
Himes is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Himes has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
James “Jim” Himes sits on the following committees:
Himes was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5852 (116th): Weir Farm National Historical Park Redesignation Act
- H.R. 770 (115th): American Innovation $1 Coin Act
Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Himes sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (25%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Taxation (9%) Education (9%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)
Some of Himes’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2655: Insider Trading Prohibition Act
- H.R. 2656: To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the issuance of ...
- H.R. 1923: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act
- H.R. 1457: Reclamation of War Powers Act
- H.R. 7968 (116th): Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act of 2020
- H.R. 7930 (116th): Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act
- H.Res. 847 (116th): Expressing support for the designation of February 12, 2020, as “Darwin Day” ...
From Jan 2009 to Jun 2021, Himes missed 124 of 8,126 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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