State Rep. John Shaban announced today, Thursday, Sept. 12, his intention to run for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives next year.

Mr. Shaban, a Republican serving residents of the 135th General Assembly District (Easton, Redding and Weston), said his “Connecticut First” message has already resonated with 4th Congressional District Republicans eager to see a fresh face with new ideas and a simple, bold message to challenge third-term U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in 2014.

“The race for this congressional seat is a microcosm of the approach needed in Washington,” said Mr. Shaban. “We need new leadership, because doing the same things, with the same people, and repeatedly promising different results is unrealistic and does a disservice to the folks who live in our county and state.”

Mr. Shaban was elected to the state’s House of Representatives by wide margins in 2010 and 2012, and now serves as the Ranking House Republican on the legislature’s Environment Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Finance Committee, where his calls for fiscal responsibility have earned him praise from his constituents and neighboring citizens of Fairfield County.

“Washington politicians have used Connecticut as a cash machine to fund the dramatic growth of the federal government into local affairs, all while giving us back pennies on our tax dollar. This has forced our state to impose additional tax hikes to fund core state services,” Mr. Shaban said. “Connecticut residents need and deserve leaders in Washington capable of breaking this cycle — putting Connecticut first — to keep more of our money here to balance our state and local budgets, spark entrepreneurship and job growth, and fuel a real economic comeback in the private sector.”

Mr. Shaban, 49, is a practicing lawyer with an environmental law degree, and a partner in the Greenwich law firm of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan. He is a former semi-pro football player, and a coach and vice president of his local youth football program. In 2008, Mr. Shaban’s team won the AYF Youth Football National Championship in Florida. His wife of 21 years is a teacher, and their three sons (ages 17, 12 and 8) attend public school.