Former Member of the 4th District of Connecticut, United States House of Representatives

Christopher Hunter “Chris” Shays served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2009 and represented the 4th District of Connecticut.

At the age of 29, Christopher was first elected to the Connecticut House where he served from 1975 to 1987. In 1987 Christopher won a special election to fill the vacant seat of the late Congressman Stewart McKinney. During his 21 years in Congress, Congressman Shays served on the Government Reform, Financial Services, Budget and Homeland Security committees and was the first congressman to enter Iraq after the war.

In 2009, Shays was appointed to co-chair the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The commission is an independent, bipartisan legislative commission established to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.