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Charles Boustany Jr.
Charles Boustany Jr.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJeff Landry (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$82.75 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,577,853
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCathedral Carmel High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southwestern Louisiana
M.D.Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 21, 1956
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionSurgeon
Net worth$695,268.50
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles William Boustany, Jr. (b. February 21, 1956, in New Orleans, LA) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District. Boustany was first elected to the House in 2004. He represented the 7th District until 2013, when the district was removed after redistricting.

Boustany won re-election to the House on December 8, 2012. He defeated fellow incumbent Jeff Landry (R) in the runoff election.[1]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Boustany is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Boustany was born on February 21, 1956, in New Orleans, LA, and graduated from Cathedral Carmel High School in Lafayette, LA. He earned his B.S. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1978 and his M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1982. Prior to his political career, Boustany worked as a surgeon.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Boustany's political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Boustany serves on the following committees:[3][4]

2011-2012

Boustany served on the following House committees:[5]

  • Ways and Means Committee
    • Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Human Resources
    • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Boustany's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Boustany voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Boustany 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Boustany 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

Yea3.png Boustany 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.[8]

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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Boustany 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Boustany voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

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.[16] 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.[17] Boustany voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Yea3.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.[19] 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. Boustany voted for HR 2775.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Boustany 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 on 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.[8]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Boustany 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png Boustany 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Boustany voted against 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.[8]

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 Republicans--Thomas 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.[21] Boustany joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[22][23]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Boustany 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Charles Boustany Jr.'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, Boustany is a Hard-Core Conservative. Boustany received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[25]

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[26]
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 Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Neutral Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25]

Campaign issues

2012

The following are several issues highlighted at Boustany's campaign website.[27]

  • Excerpt: Boustany has "Led the charge to defeat big government regulations on small business owners by voting in favor of the Small Business Tax Cut Act, HR 9."[28]
  • Excerpt: Boustany sponsored CLASS Act, HR 1173, "to repeal the dangerous ponzi-scheme in Obamacare."[29]
  • Excerpt: Regarding the 2nd Amendment, Boustany has received an A rating from the NRA.[30]
  • Excerpt: "Coastal Protection and Restoration- [Boustany] Initiated and secured funding for the first ever comprehensive hurricane protection and coastal restoration study for Southwest Louisiana, and passed legislation to expedite the study and proposed projects."[31]

Elections

2014

See also: Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Boustany is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The primary takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Boustany ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 3rd District. Boustany faced incumbent Jeff Landry (R), Ron Richard (D), Bryan Barrilleaux (R) and Jim Stark (L) in the November 6 blanket primary.[32] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. Boustany and Landry advanced to the runoff held on December 8.[33] Boustany defeated Landry in the runoff.[34]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 3 General Election Runoff, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Boustany Jr. Incumbent 60.9% 58,820
     Republican Jeff Landry Incumbent 39.1% 37,764
Total Votes 96,584
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election".
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 3 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles W. Boustany, Jr. (R) Incumbent 44.7% 139,123
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Landry (R) Incumbent 30% 93,527
Bryan Barrilleaux (R) 2.5% 7,908
Ron Richard (D) 21.5% 67,070
Jim Stark (L) 1.2% 3,765
Total Votes 311,393

Media

On September 19, 2012 Boustany released this campaign video, titled "ObamaCare- Just Plain Wrong."[35]


Charles Boustany Jr., "ObamaCare- Just Plain Wrong"[36]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Boustany is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Boustany raised a total of $7,577,853 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[41]

Charles Boustany Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 7) Won $1,677,845
2008 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 7) Won $1,569,139
2006 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 7) Won $1,740,419
2004 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 7) Won $2,590,450
Grand Total Raised $7,577,853

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Boustany's reports.[42]

Charles Boustany (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$190,368.07$134,170.67$(235,631.11)$88,907.63
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$88,907.63$354,038.02$(11,681.30)$331,264.35
October Quarterly[45]October 13, 2013$331,264.35$289,609.02$(186,807.42)$434,065.95
Year-end[46]January 31, 2014$434,065$238,894$(155,438)$517,521
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$517,521$197,981$(91,942)$623,560
Running totals
$1,214,692.71$(681,499.83)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Boustany's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Boustany won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Boustany's campaign committee raised a total of $4,496,594 and spent $4,867,555.[48] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

Boustany spent $82.75 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Boustany's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Boustany was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Boustany's campaign committee raised a total of $1,677,845 and spent $1,258,638.[50]

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 four-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 four 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, Boustany's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $613,772 and $776,765. That averages to $695,268.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Boustany ranked as the 240th most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2004 and 2012, Boustany's calculated net worth[52] increased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

Charles Boustany, Jr. Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$465,509
2012$695,268
Growth from 2004 to 2012:49%
Average annual growth:6%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
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.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Boustany is a "moderate Republican leader," as of August 4, 2014. This was the same rating Boustany received in June 2013.[56]

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.[57]

Boustany most often votes with:

Boustany least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Boustany paid his congressional staff a total of $1,002,249 in 2011. He ranked 44th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 160th overall of the highest 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.[58]

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

Boustany ranked 152nd in the conservative rankings in 2013.[59]

2012

Boustany ranked 38th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[60]

2011

Boustany ranked 99th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[61]

Voting with party

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

2014

Boustany voted with the Republican Party 94.2 percent of the time, which ranked 119th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2014.[62]

2013

Boustany voted with the Republican Party 95.9 percent of the time, which ranked 131st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[63]

Personal

Boustany and his wife Bridget live in Lafayette, LA. They have two grown children.[64]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

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  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  52. This figure represents the average annual 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) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. 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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  64. Official House Site, "Biography," accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Landry
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 3
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Chris John
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 7
2005–2013
Succeeded by
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