U.S. Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) will speak at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club breakfast meeting at Bobby Q’s, 42 Main Street, Westport, on Friday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. There is a $12 fee for the meeting, which includes a breakfast buffet.
Mr. Himes is serving his second term in Congress and is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.
As the child of a single working mom, Mr. Himes grew up in a small town. As a member of Congress, he says his focus is working to provide all American children the same opportunities he had to succeed: access to a first-rate public school, affordable and effective health care, a decent and safe home, and a supportive community.
Born in Lima, Peru, in 1966 to American parents, he spent the early years of his childhood in Peru and Colombia while his father worked for the Ford Foundation and UNICEF. As an American abroad, he grew up fluent in both Spanish and English and was raised with an awareness of the unique position of the United States in the world.
At the age of ten, he moved with his mother and sisters to the United States.
Mr. Himes graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School and then attended Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate work, he earned a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to attend Oxford University in England, where he continued his studies of Latin America, including research in El Salvador.
Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Himes ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. His team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region, often using new green technologies to achieve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs.
His experience at Enterprise spurred his involvement in politics. Putting his expertise in affordable housing to work, Mr. Himes served as a commissioner of the Greenwich Housing Authority, ultimately chairing the board and leading it through a much-needed program of reforms.
He went on to become an elected member of his town’s finance board, setting tax and budget policy for Greenwich. He has also served as chairman of his local Democratic Town Committee, organizing others in the community to become more active in the political process.
Mr. Himes began his professional career at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he worked his way up to vice president over the course of a 12-year career. There, he worked extensively in Latin America and headed the bank’s telecommunications technology group.
He lives in Greenwich with his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Emma and Linley.
Westport Sunrise Rotary supports a wide range of charitable programs locally and internationally, serving all ages, in four categories: community service, vocational service, international service, and local organizations.
For information about Westport Sunrise Rotary, visit westportsunriserotary.com; contact Sheila Keenan, membership, at 203-856-9172, firstname.lastname@example.org; or attend a meeting any Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Bobby Q’s Restaurant, 42 Main Street, Westport.