GREENWICH, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) ended a week of appearances in Fairfield County with a lively town hall meeting at Central Middle School in Greenwich on Saturday afternoon.
Himes addressed more than a dozen questions asked by constituents from Greenwich, New Canaan and Stamford.
Himes, serving his fourth term in Congress, focused largely on health care concerns and Social Security. He also touched on gun control, including Connecticut's historic legislation passed on Wednesday, immigration reform, economic issues and taxes.
"This is important for me to do because I was elected to represent you," Himes told the crowd. "And the way for me to effectively do that is to come and hear from you folks."
He added that he feels Congress deserves the 9 percent approval rating it received from the public last year, but he thinks there will be more bipartisanship in 2013.
"There was a lot of polarized arguing in Washington last year and politics came to the forefront, especially since it was an election year," Himes said. "The good news is, some of that ice has broken."
Himes pointed to the passage of the Sandy Relief Bill and the Violence Against Women Act as evidence of the start of bipartisanship.