STAMFORD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Stamford’s Chris Shays.
Shays, who has owned a home in Stamford, turns 68 on Friday. The politician was born Oct. 18, 1945 in Stamford.
Shays was elected to the Connecticut House, where he served from 1975 to 1987 at the age of 29.
He was the only Republican congressman from New England elected to the 110th United States Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.
During his 21 years in Congress, he served on the Government Reform, Financial Services, Budget and Homeland Security Committees and was the first congressman to enter Iraq after the war.
He was a candidate for the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate nomination to replace retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage.