Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) took the oath of office today to serve his second term representing Connecticut's 4th District in the United States Congress. At a gathering in his office earlier that day, Himes highlighted a continued focus on economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and education reform as his top priorities.
"I have been honored to represent the people of Connecticut's 4th District during one of the most challenging times in our nation's history," said Himes. "I'm proud of the progress we made during the last two years, but much work remains to restore the American Dream for families across our district and for generations to come. I am eager to continue our work to restore the prosperity and competitiveness so essential to our country."
During his first term in Congress, Himes helped write and pass Wall Street Reform. He supported the Recovery Act, which saved or created over 3 million jobs, and helped improve and pass the new comprehensive health care reform law.
Himes led the effort to secure $11 million in funding to redevelop the Steel Point area in Bridgeport. He also helped direct millions in investment to local community health centers, including the Norwalk Community Health Center, Optimus Health Care in Stamford and Bridgeport, and Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport. As a result of legislation Himes helped pass, local schools received over $46 million in funding to prevent 4th District schools from having to lay off teachers or reduce extra help for students with special needs; the Merritt Parkway has been repaved; and the Stamford Urban Transitway is near completion. Affordable housing also received a boost as a result of his work, and following through on a campaign promise, Himes secured federal funding to tear down the Congress Street Bridge.
Looking forward, Himes plans to continue his efforts in community development and job creation. He is particularly committed to pushing for legislative action aimed at reducing the nation's mounting debt and bipartisan efforts to reform public education. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Himes expects to continue the success of Wall Street Reform by expanding that work to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.