U.S. House of Representatives (R-4th/CT)
In his over three decades of public service, Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT) has distinguished himself as a committed advocate for the constituents of the Fourth District of Connecticut, a dedicated leader in the fight against terrorism, a budget hawk, an activist for good government, a respected voice on urban issues, and a staunch environmentalist.
Shays is a senior member of the Government Reform Committee, Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on National Security and a member of the Homeland Security and Financial Services Committees. The Government Reform Committee is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Shays has been a driving force behind such landmark legislation as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which transforms federal campaign finance law, and the Congressional Accountability Act, which requires Congress to live by the laws it writes.
Congressman Shays is the first sponsor of House Resolution 476, condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans. The resolution acknowledges the diversity of the Iranian American community and their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society. In addition, he is a cosponsor of the Protection of Civil Liberties Act of 2005 (H.R. 1310, 109th Congress) – Provisions from this legislation were included in the “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.” The provisions establish a strong, independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Board with subpoena power. [Public Law 110-53, signed August 3, 2007].
First Elected: 1987
Committees: Financial Services; Homeland Security; Oversight & Government reform
Prev. Occupation: Public Official
Prev. Political Exp.: CT House, 1974-87
Education: BA Principia College, 1968; MBA New York University, 1974; MPA New York University, 1978