Shays Out: Denied By the Democrats

Last New England Republican in the U.S. House Defeated

Rep. Chris Shays, the final Republican in the U.S. House from New England, was unseated by Democrat Jim Himes Tuesday. 

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.
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