Former Congressman Christopher Shays


Congressman Christopher Shays was born October 18, 1945, in Connecticut and lived in the small town of Darien. He later moved to Illinois to attend Principia College, a Christian Science University. After graduating he moved to New York where he attended New York University and finished an MBA and MPA. Shays has always remained a Christian Scientist throughout his life, but confessed in 2006 that he was uncertain about his religion.

Shays met a young woman by the name of Betsi DeRaismes and the two were married in 1968. Right after the wedding, they departed for Fiji where they both worked for the Peace Corps. Once the couple were back in the States, Shays worked as a political aide and also served in the Connecticut House of Representatives for 13 consecutive years: 1975 through 1987.

The last year he served in the State House of Representatives, he won a one year term as a U.S. Representative after the current office holder passed away. He continued to win re-elections and held onto his seat until the 2008 election. Shays was a consistent sweeper in the election with the exception of 2004 when he just barely held onto his seat.

Christopher Shays has always been a Republican, but he'ss also been highly outspoken in his beliefs over the years. Though he claimed to be conservative, the press consistently labeled him as a liberal due to his liberal voting habits while in office. The 2008 saw Shays lose his seat to Jim Hines in a narrow margin, with many claiming the victory came because of the Democratic sweep of the country.

Shays currently resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his wife. Jim Hines, who beat Shays in the 2008 election suggested in the press and to President Barrack Obama that Hays be named Director of the Peace Corps. Shays himself discussed this idea to the press.

One of the best resources is the entry on Chris Shays at Wikipedia. This includes a biography and information on his last years as a Congressman. The Biographical Dictionary of the United State Congress also has a short entry available on Shays, including a photograph. The Votes Database shows the roles he held in Congress and the way he voted on major issues.

Shays also has an entry at the Federal Elections Commission where users can search for individuals and organizations that donated money to his past campaigns. The Christopher Shays entry at Open Secrets lists his fundraising over the years, including how much money he spent each year versus how much to brought into the campaign.

A longer listing on how he voted is found at On the Issues, which lists the way he voted on different major issues after taking office. In the article Will Chris Shays be Working for Barrack Obama?, the man discusses potential future work with the President of the United States.

Users may also be interested in the Chris Shays entry on Congresspedia, which is an online encyclopedia devoted to current and past members of Congress. A more recent article discuses the loss of Shays in the 2008 election Christopher Shays Concedes in 4th Congressional District.

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