Shays had a long run - he was seeking his 11th term in Fairfield County. His loss gives Connecticut an all-Democratic House Delegation.
Himes, of Greenwich, is a former Goldman Sachs vice president. He now runs Northeast operations at Enterprise Community Partners, which is an affordable housing operation.
Other Connecticut seats in the U.S. House:
- Rep. Joseph Courtney beat Republican Sean Sullivan in the 2nd District.
- Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of New Haven easily claimed a 10th term, beating Republican Bo Itshaky of Bethany.
- Congressman John Larson of East Hartford will enter his 6th term in Congress, taking the seat from Republican Joseph Visconti in the 1st District.
- Freshman Rep. Chris Murphy edged out his challenger, Republican state Senator David Cappiello.