Bill Cassidy

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Bill Cassidy
Bill Cassidy.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Louisiana
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
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
Cost per vote$2.68 in 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$1,592,030
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, 2012, 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 on September 28, 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


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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.[7] For more information pertaining to Cassidy's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Cassidy voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Voted "Yes" 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.[9]


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.[11] 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1 percent 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. Cassidy voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Cassidy voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[20] 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.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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 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.[9]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[22]

State legislature

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.[23]

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.[23]

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."[23]

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.[23] 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.[23]

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.[23]

Campaign themes


The following issues are highlighted on Bill Cassidy's campaign website.[24]

  • Jobs & Economy- "Limited government, free enterprise, and personal responsibility are the core principles that make America prosper."[25]
  • 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."[26]
  • Cap & Trade- "Bill Cassidy is a leader in the fight to protect and promote traditional family values in Congress."[27]
  • 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."[28]
  • 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."[29]



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.[30]


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.[31][32] 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"[33]

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.[36]

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.[37]

Bill Cassidy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$2,033,473.45$525,200.59$(95,127.85)$2,463,546.19
July Quarterly[39]July 18, 2013$0$3,397,996.15$(166,766.59)$3,229,229.55
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$3,229,229.56$684,968.75$(427,238.91)$3,486,959.40
Year-end[41]January 31, 2014$3,486,959$1,040,109$(332,932)$4,194,224
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$4,194,224$1,273,530$(461,508)$5,006,246
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$5,006,246$1,604,640$(749,689)$5,861,197
Pre-Primary[44]October 15, 2014$5,861,197$629,132$(883,440)$5,606,889
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2014$5,444,754$1,857,360$(2,873,924)$4,428,191
Pre-Run-off[46]November 20, 2014$3,109,226.35$2,170,450.34$(3,983,394.04)$1,296,282.65
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.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

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.[49]


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.[50]

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.[51]

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 January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

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.[53]

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 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.[54]

Bill Cassidy Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

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.


Cassidy ranked 94th in the conservative ratings in 2012.[55]


Cassidy ranked 150th in the conservative ratings in 2011.[56]

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.[57]


Cassidy and his wife, Laura, live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have three children.[58]

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See also

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Bill Cassidy Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5, "Rep. Bill Cassidy offered bills as a state legislator with provisions similar to ObamaCare," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Bill Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  25. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  26. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  27. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  28. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  29. Cassidy's Official Campaign Website
  30. Roll Call "Louisiana: Cassidy Challenging Landrieu" Accessed April 9, 2013
  31. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  32. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  33. YouTube channel
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Bill Cassidy" Accessed April 7, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Bill Cassidy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed November 13, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Run-off," accessed December 4, 2014
  47. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets "Bill Cassidy 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 19, 2011
  50. Gov Track "Bill Cassidy" Accessed June 18, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Bill Cassidy," Accessed August 2, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Bill Cassidy," Accessed April 1, 2013
  53. LegiStorm "Bill Cassidy"
  54., "Cassidy, (R-LA), 2012"
  55. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. 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