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Bill Cassidy
Bill Cassidy.jpg
U.S. Senate, Louisiana
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015-present
Term ends
January 3, 2021
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMary Landrieu (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedDecember 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 2020
Campaign $$4,645,918
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana State Senate
2006-2008
Education
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
M.D.Louisiana State University
Personal
Date of birthSeptember 28, 1957
Place of birthHighland Park, Illinois
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth(2012) $1,592,030
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William "Bill" Cassidy (b. September 28, 1957, in Highland Park, IL) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate and previously represented Louisiana's 6th Congressional District. Cassidy was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2008 to 2015.

Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013, that he would challenge incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[1] Cassidy and Landrieu were the top two vote-getters in the November 4 "jungle primary." Cassidy defeated Landrieu in a runoff election on December 6, 2014. Some speculated that the Landrieu-Cassidy runoff election would receive significant outside spending and national media attention because the winner of the race was expected to decide which party would gain control of the Senate.[2] The race, however, was less competitive and contentious because Republicans secured control of the United States Senate on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Cassidy was born on September 28, 1957, in Highland Park, IL. He earned his B.S. and M.D. from Louisiana State University in 1979 and 1983, respectively.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Cassidy's political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Senator from Louisiana
  • 2009-2015: U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 6th Congressional District
  • 2006-2008: Louisiana State Senate
  • 1983: Graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, M.D.
  • 1979: Graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, B.S.

Prior to his political career, Cassidy worked as a physician.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2015-2016

Cassidy serves on the following committees:[5]

U.S. House

2013-2014

Cassidy served on the following committees:[6][7]

2011-2012

Cassidy served on the following House committees:[8]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[9] For more information pertaining to Cassidy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Cassidy voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Cassidy voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Cassidy voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Cassidy voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cassidy voted against HR 2775.[23]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated in the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Cassidy voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[24] Cassidy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[25][26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png Cassidy voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Bill Cassidy's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Cassidy is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Cassidy received a score of 37 percent on social issues and 78 percent on economic issues.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[28] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement". The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Cassidy was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[30]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[31] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[32]

Campaign themes

2012

The following issues were highlighted on Cassidy's campaign website:[33]

  • Jobs & Economy- "Limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility are the core principles that make America prosper."[33]
  • Taxes & Spending- "With a 100% rating from the Club for Growth, Bill Cassidy is a fiscal conservative who believes the American people are overtaxed and the federal government spends far too much of their hard-earned money."[33]
  • Cap & Trade- "Bill Cassidy is a leader in the fight to protect and promote traditional family values in Congress."[33]
  • Louisiana Values- "Bill Cassidy believes domestic energy production should be encouraged, not punished. He co-authored the American Energy Act to create jobs and grow the economy by removing barriers to domestic energy production, cutting burdensome regulations, and expanding America's refining capacity."[33]
  • Healthcare- "Bill Cassidy opposed the Democrats' government-takeover of health care because it would cut hundreds of billions from Medicare, raise taxes, and fail to lower health costs. Instead, he supports the Empowering Patients First Act, which would lower costs by giving patients direct control over health care dollars and decisions."[33]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014
See also: United States Senate runoff election in Louisiana, 2014

Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013, that he would challenge incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[1] Cassidy and Landrieu were the top two vote-getters in the November 4 "jungle primary." Cassidy defeated Landrieu in a runoff election on December 6, 2014. Some speculated that the Landrieu-Cassidy runoff election would receive significant outside spending and national media attention because the winner of the race was expected to decide which party would gain control of the Senate.[2] The race, however, was less competitive and contentious because Republicans secured control of the United States Senate on November 4, 2014.

Election results

Dec. 6 Runoff election
U.S. Senate, Louisiana Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Landrieu Incumbent 44.1% 561,210
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy 55.9% 712,379
Total Votes 1,273,589
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State
Nov. 4 Jungle primary
U.S. Senate, Louisiana General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMary Landrieu Incumbent 42.1% 619,402
     Democratic Wayne Ables 0.8% 11,323
     Democratic Vallian Senegal 0.3% 3,831
     Democratic William Waymire Jr. 0.3% 4,673
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy 41% 603,084
     Republican Rob Maness 13.8% 202,556
     Republican Thomas Clements 1% 14,173
     Libertarian Brannon Lee McMorris 0.9% 13,034
Total Votes 1,472,076
Source: Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy headed to a runoff election on December 6, 2014. Louisiana Secretary of State

Media

See also: Media involvement in the race

Some speculated that the Landrieu – Cassidy runoff election would receive significant outside spending and national media attention because the winner of the race was expected to decide which party would gain control of the Senate.[2] The race, however, was less competitive and contentious because Republicans secured control of the United States Senate on November 4, 2014. At least seven outside groups ran ads against Landrieu tying her to Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) and criticizing her for her stances on gun control, abortion, the Affordable Care Act and immigration. Cassidy also ran ads promising to oppose Obama's energy policies, his "amnesty plan" and the Affordable Care Act. Landrieu's first ad, "Whoa," featured Cassidy giving a speech that the narrator called "incoherent." Landrieu also released ads that criticized Cassidy's positions on social security, raising the minimum wage and equal pay for women and accused him of cutting $86 million dollars from Louisiana's schools to pay for a tax break for millionaires. Louisiana's Democratic Central Committee also ran a radio spot for Landrieu. The narrator in the ad said, "They have shown our president so much disrespect. From playing the race card in commercials, talking about trying to impeach him, to lying about the progress the country has made under his leadership. The president needs you to have you have his back, now more than ever."[34]


Polls

December 6 Runoff
Poll Mary Landrieu Bill CassidyMargin of ErrorSample Size
IWV/GEB International
November 20, 2014
34%60%+/-3.4850
JMC Analytics
November 20, 2014
38%53%+/-3.6734
Rasmussen Reports
November 16-19, 2014
41%56%+/-3.01,000
Vox Populi
November 16-17, 2014
42%53%+/-3.55761
Gravis Marketing
November 12-14, 2014
38%59%+/-4.0643
Magellan Strategies
November 12, 2014
40.5%56.6%+/-2.21,917
AVERAGES 38.92% 56.27% +/-3.29 984.17
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2012

See also: Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cassidy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 6th District. Cassidy, the incumbent, defeated Rufus Holt Craig Jr. (L) and Richard Torregano (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[35][36] Louisiana did not hold a primary before the November 6 general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 79.4% 243,553
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig,Jr 10.5% 32,185
     None Richard Torregano 10.1% 30,975
Total Votes 306,713
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The chart below from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Cassidy attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Cassidy is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Cassidy raised a total of $4,645,918 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[39]

Bill Cassidy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 6) Won $1,797,931
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 6) Won $1,584,256
2008 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 6) Won $1,263,731
Grand Total Raised $4,645,918


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cassidy's reports.[40]


2012

Cassidy won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cassidy's campaign committee raised a total of $1,797,931 and spent $653,528.[50] This was less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[51]

Cost per vote

Cassidy spent $2.68 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Cassidy won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Cassidy's campaign committee raised a total of $1,584,256 and spent $738,171.[52]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cassidy's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $777,060 and $2,407,000. That averages to $, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Cassidy ranked as the 171st most wealthy representative in 2012.[53] Between 2004 and 2012, Cassidy's calculated net worth[54] decreased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[55]

Bill Cassidy Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$2,031,297
2012$1,592,030
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-22%
Average annual growth:-4%[56]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[57]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Cassidy received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry.

From 2007-2014, 25.14 percent of Cassidy's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[58]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Bill Cassidy Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $13,274,250
Total Spent $5,633,883
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$1,387,385
Oil & Gas$632,370
Retired$502,119
Leadership PACs$428,508
General Contractors$387,250
% total in top industry10.45%
% total in top two industries15.22%
% total in top five industries25.14%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cassidy was a "rank-and-file Republican," as of November 2014. This was the same rating Cassidy received in June 2013.[59]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[60]

Cassidy most often voted with:

Cassidy least often voted with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cassidy missed 163 of 4,432 roll call votes from January 2009 to November 2014. This amounts to 3.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of November 2014.[61]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cassidy paid his congressional staff a total of $811,797 in 2011. He ranked 57th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 64th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranked 37th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[62]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2013

Cassidy ranked 49th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[63]

2012

Cassidy ranked 94th in the conservative ratings in 2012.[64]

2011

Cassidy ranked 150th in the conservative ratings in 2011.[65]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Cassidy voted with the Republican Party 95.0 percent of the time, which ranked 79th among the 233 House Republican members as of November 2014.[66]

2013

Cassidy voted with the Republican Party 98.4 percent of the time, which ranked 18th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[67]

Personal

Cassidy and his wife, Laura, live in Baton Rouge, LA. They have three children.[68]

Recent news

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See also

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  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  55. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  57. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Landrieu (D)
U.S. Senate - Louisiana
2015–Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Don Cazayoux
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 6
2009–Present
Succeeded by
Garret Graves (R)
Preceded by
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Louisiana State Senate
2006-2008
Succeeded by
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