Himes an effective leader at home and in D.C.

To the editor:

Now more than ever, it is vitally important that we have smart, dedicated representatives in (Washington) D.C. Jim Himes is, and has been for as long as I have been aware of him, a remarkably effective and responsible guy.

He has consistently championed and pushed for issues and accomplishments that benefit us here in Connecticut — sensible gun control, jobs, infrastructure, education, the environment and election security — among many others. He is a real advocate for seniors.

He is also here and visible, a real part of our community with real active participation. He holds Town Hall meetings, workshops and roundtables. His constituent assistance offers real help with cases and issues involving Social Security, immigration and veterans affairs.

On a personal note, years ago I was helping a family member navigate the government HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) policy during the financial crisis, an amazingly helpful but complex program. Jim and his “home team” in Stamford helped me to not only understand the amazing possibilities, but to implement them and actually make it happen. The result was life-altering and a godsend. I am forever grateful for that, but also that I am not alone in this regard because of Jim’s ongoing work for all of his southwestern Connecticut constituents.

He is just what we need in Congress: Someone doing the hard work every day to improve the lives of families and businesses in Connecticut. The fact that he is also a voice of knowledge and balance on the Intelligence (both Defense and Support) Committee, as well as the Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance makes him well-informed on a scale that can only benefit us all.

He is a remarkably able representative and a wonderful guy. I look forward to his continuing service to us all in Connecticut’s fourth district in 2020.

Nancy Axthelm

Westport