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Bill Cassidy
Bill Cassidy.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 6
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorDon Cazayoux (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,645,918
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana State Senate
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
M.D.Louisiana State University
Date of birthSeptember 28, 1957
Place of birthHighland Park, Illinois
Net worth$1,838,529
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Office website
Campaign website
William "Bill" Cassidy (b. September 28, 1957, in Highland Park, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 6th congressional district. Cassidy was first elected to the House in 2008.

Cassidy won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 6th District. Cassidy, the incumbent, defeated Rufus Holt Craig Jr. (L) and Richard Torregano (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[1][2]

Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013 that he would be challenging incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[3]

Previously he was a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 2006 to 2008.[4]

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


Cassidy was born in 1957 in Highland Park, Illinois. He earned both his B.S. and M.D. from Louisiana State University in 1979 and 1983, respectively.[4]


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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cassidy serves on the following committees:[5]


Cassidy served on the following House committees:[6]

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


Healthcare legislation

As a state senator, Cassidy authored legislation with several health reform provisions that were also included in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, that Cassidy and other Republicans are seeking to repeal.[7]

In 2007, Cassidy offered up a bill that would establish a state-run exchange where individuals without health coverage through their employer, Medicare or Medicaid could purchase insurance, similar to the exchanges established under the president's law, known as ObamaCare.[7]

Cassidy's 2007 legislation had the goal of health care insurance reform, defined, in the bill, as the "study, research, evaluation, and implementation of a variety or combination of experienced based entitlements, subsidies, and health insurance innovations public or private, or both, designed to provide health insurance coverage to each citizen of this state."[7]

Cassidy also introduced a 2008 bill in the state senate that would require businesses with fewer than 50 employees to offer coverage for the treatment of mental illness, alcoholism and drug abuse. The legislation called for tax credits to help small businesses afford the expanded coverage requirements.[7] Similar coverage requirements are included in the Affordable Care Act, which also provides tax credits to help small businesses assume added financial burdens of health coverage.

Neither of Cassidy's bills was enacted by the Louisiana Legislature.[7]

Cassidy signed a letter with 79 of his House Republican colleagues urging House Republican leaders to insist that any funding bills defund ObamaCare, though he has said he does not support a government shutdown if that means loss of funding for military members and their families.[7]

Campigan Themes


The following issues are highlighted on Bill Cassidy's campaign website.[8]

  • Jobs & Economy- "Limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility are the core principles that make America prosper."[9]
  • 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."[10]
  • Cap & Trade- "Bill Cassidy is a leader in the fight to protect and promote traditional family values in Congress."[11]
  • 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."[12]
  • 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."[13]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 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.[14]



See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013 that he would be challenging incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[15]


See also: Louisiana's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Cassidy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 6th District. Cassidy, the incumbent, defeated Rufus Holt Craig Jr. (L) and Richard Torregano (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[16][17] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. If candidates do not receive a majority of the vote on that date, they go to a runoff, to be held on December 8.

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"


The following video, from Cassidy's 2010 election campaign, is featured on his official campaign website.

Bill Cassidy, "Bill Cassidy 2010"[18]

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[21]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cassidy's reports.[22]

Bill Cassidy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]7/15/2013$2,033,473.45$525,200.59$(95,127.85)$2,463,546.19
July Quarterly[24]7/18/2013$0$3,397,996.15$(166,766.59)$3,229,229.55
Running totals


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

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.[25] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[26]

Cost per vote

Cassidy spent $2.68 per vote received in 2012.


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

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.[27]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cassidy is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[28]

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.[29]

Cassidy most often votes with:

Cassidy least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Cassidy missed 101 of 3,350 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[30]

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 ranks 57th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 64th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranks 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.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Cassidy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $842,059 and $2,834,999. This averages to $1,838,529, which is a 6.79% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[32]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Cassidy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $850,054 and $3,094,999. That averages to $1,972,526.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[33]

Political Positions

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Cassidy was ranked the 98th most conservative representative during 2012.[34]


According to the data released in 2012, Bill Cassidy was ranked the 150th most conservative representative during 2011.[35]

Voting with party


Bill Cassidy voted with the Republican Party 98.4% of the time, which ranked 18th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[36]

Recent news

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Cassidy and his wife, Laura, live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have three children.[37]

External links


  1. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. Roll Call "Louisiana: Cassidy Challenging Landrieu" Accessed April 9, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Bill Cassidy" Accessed November 15, 2011
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 12, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5, "Rep. Bill Cassidy offered bills as a state legislator with provisions similar to ObamaCare," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. Bill Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  9. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  10. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  11. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  12. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  13. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Roll Call "Louisiana: Cassidy Challenging Landrieu" Accessed April 9, 2013
  16. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  17. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  18. YouTube channel
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Bill Cassidy" Accessed April 7, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Bill Cassidy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Bill Cassidy 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 19, 2011
  28. Gov Track "Bill Cassidy" Accessed June 18, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Rep. Bill Cassidy," Accessed August 2, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Bill Cassidy," Accessed April 1, 2013
  31. LegiStorm "Bill Cassidy"
  32., "Cassidy, (R-Louisiana), 2011"
  33., "Cassidy, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  34. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  37. Official Campaign Site "Meet Dr. Bill Cassidy," Accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Cazayoux
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Louisiana State Senate
Succeeded by