SHAYS, Christopher H.

SHAYS, Christopher H.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


SHAYS, Christopher H., a Representative from Connecticut; born in Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn., October 18, 1945; graduated Darien High School, Darien, Conn., 1964; B.A., Principia College, Elsah, Ill., 1968; M.B.A., New York University, New York, N.Y., 1974; M.P.A., New York University, New York, N.Y., 1978; Peace Corps, 1968-1970; executive aide to Trumbull, Conn., first selectman Larry Heimann, 1971-1972; member of the Connecticut state house of representatives, 1975-1987; elected as a Republican to the One Hundredth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Stewart B. McKinney and reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses (August 18, 1987-January 3, 2009); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress in 2008; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 2012.

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