Voter Guide: Connecticut's 4th Congressional District Race

Jim Himes (D) vs. Dan Debicella (R)

The race to represent Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is a contest between incumbent Democrat Jim Himes, who was elected to Congress in 2008, and Republican Dan Debicella, who was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 2006.

Jim Himes (D)

WNYC Coverage of Jim Himes

The Brian Lehrer Show: Jim Himes: Deficit Hawk (July 27, 2010)

The Brian Lehrer Show: Himes on How to Rewrite the Financial Rules (July 7, 2009)

The Brian Lehrer Show: Himes Takes Listeners’ Questions about Stimulus Bill (January 29, 2009)

Fast Facts

  • Graduated with a BA from Harvard College
  • Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford, graduated with a Master of Philosophy
  • Banker at and later vice president of Goldman Sachs from 1990 – 2002
  • Appointed a Commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority in 2002 and served as chairman of the board for two years
  • Began working for non-profit Enterprise Foundation in 2003; became vice president in 2007
  • Elected member of Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation
  • Served as Chairman of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee
  • Elected to Congress in 2008, beating longtime Republican Congressman Christopher Shays
  • Member of House Financial Services and Homeland Security Committees


  • Supports extending Bush Tax cuts, but says his vote may depend on the health of the economy at the time of the vote
  • Favors financial regulation and Wall Street reform
  • Supports reforming Social Security and Medicare programs so that they become sustainable
  • Supports investments in public transportation and programs to encourage telecommuting to reduce consumption of fossil fuels
  • Develop safe, clean forms of domestic energy
  • Supports spending cuts to reduce the deficit
  • Supported healthcare reform legislation
  • Pro-choice on abortion, supports federal funding for reproductive healthcare and favors a requirement for insurers to cover contraception

Other Links

Jim Himes’ Campaign Site

Fox News Backs Democrat Himes in 4th District Duel (Westport Patch, September 16, 2010)

Himes to Town Hall Meeting: “No Sacred Cows” (Westport News, August 6, 2010)

“Bullheaded” and a Rhodes Scholar, and Now Headed to Capitol Hill (New York Times, November 9, 2008)

Dan Debicella (R)

WNYC Coverage of Dan Debicella

The Brian Lehrer Show: Debicella “Remains Independent” on GOP’s Pledge to America (September 24, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Finance
  • MBA from Harvard Business School, graduated in the top 5 percent of his class
  • Currently an Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Hartford Financial Services Group
  • Served on Shelton, Connecticut’s Board of Apportionment and Taxation for 7 years
  • Elected to Connecticut State Senate in 2006; re-elected in 2008
  • Deputy Minority Leader in Connecticut State Senate, sitting on Appropriations, Higher Education, Public Health, and Regulations Review committees
  • Acted as Fairfield County regional chair for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign


  • Pledges not to raise taxes
  • Favors a repeal of the unspent stimulus money to distribute to cut payroll taxes in half for one year
  • Supports a a “healthy-living tax credit” to focus on preventative medicine
  • Allow customers to purchase healthcare across state lines
  • Use medical malpractice reform as a means to reduce healthcare costs
  • Supports a new cap on federal spending to eliminate the budget deficit
  • Vows to preserve Social Security and Medicare programs, but through means other than raising taxes or privatization
  • Make mass transit in Connecticut more convenient by increasing parking at metro stations and offering shuttle service to places of business
  • Expand capacity and quality of Connecticut’s road system
  • Unequivocal support for Israel
  • Pro-choice on abortion
  • Supports state funding of stem cell research

Other Links

Dan Debicella’s Campaign Site

In Two Terms, Debicella Hasn’t Strayed Far from Republican Fold (Connecticut Mirror)

Debicella Wins GOP Primary with 60% of Vote (New Canaan Patch, August 11, 2010)

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