National Journal ranks Himes as moderate member of Congress

Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat whose district includes most of Shelton, is one of the more moderate members of Congress, according to a report released by the National Journal.

The publication’s 2013 Vote Ratings indicate that Himes voted with the other party on fiscal and economic issues more than any other member of the Connecticut delegation, but more often leaned to the left on social issues and matters of foreign policy.

In the U.S. House of Representatives — currently made up of 200 Democrats and 232 Republicans — Himes is the 130th most liberal or the 302nd most conservative member overall, placing him among more moderate Democrats and slightly left of center among his colleagues in Congress as a whole.

‘Balanced approach to legislating’

“I represent a moderate district that appreciates a balanced approach to legislating, and I think my voting record reflects that,” said Himes, now serving his third term.

“I am proud of my record of promoting fiscal responsibility and economic growth, advocating for social progress, and supporting level-headed, pragmatic foreign policy,” he said.

Himes is expected to seek re-election this fall.

Economy, social issues, foreign policy

On economic issues, Himes is the most moderate in the Connecticut delegation, rated “more conservative” than 39% of the House when it comes to economic issues. But on social issues, the study ranked Himes as more liberal than 69% of Congress.

National Journal’s assessment on foreign policy issues — which covered topics ranging from closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists to reducing defense spending and ending the war in Afghanistan — found Himes’ record to be more liberal than 83% of Congress, the most liberal in the Connecticut delegation.

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. Also a Democrat, she represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.