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Charles Boustany Jr.
Charles Boustany Jr.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 3
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCathedral Carmel High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southwestern Louisiana
M.D.Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Date of birthFebruary 21, 1956
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
Office website
Campaign website
Charles William Boustany, Jr. (b. February 21, 1956) 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.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Boustany is a "moderate Republican leader".[1]

Boustany won re-election to the House on December 8, 2012, defeating fellow incumbent Jeff Landry (R) in the runoff election.[2]


Boustany was born in 1956 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduated from Cathedral Carmel High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. 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.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Boustany's political career[3]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Boustany serves on the following House committees:[4]

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


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 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.[5]



See also: Louisiana's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Boustany ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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.[6] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. Boustany and Landry advanced to the runoff held on December 8.[7] Boustany defeated Landry in the runoff.[8]

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 39.1% 37,764
Total Votes 96,584
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election".

Campaign Issues

The following are several issues highlighted at Boustany's campaign website. [9]

  • 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."[10]
  • Excerpt: Boustany sponsored CLASS Act, HR 1173, "to repeal the dangerous ponzi-scheme in Obamacare."[11]
  • Excerpt: Regarding the 2nd Amendment, Boustany has received an A rating from the NRA.[12]
  • 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."[13]


On September 19, 2012 Boustany released this campaign video, titled "ObamaCare- Just Plain Wrong."[14]

Charles Boustany Jr., "ObamaCare- Just Plain Wrong"[15]


On November 2, 2010, Boustany was re-elected to the United States House of Representatives after running unopposed in Louisiana's 7th district.

Campaign donors


Charles Boustany Jr. (2012)[16] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 10, 2012$1,270,797.45$348,561.34$(117,206.07)$1,502,152.72
July Quarterly[18]October 15, 2012$1,502,152.72$741,760.56$(330,309.42)$1,913,603.86
Pre-Primary[19]August 3, 2012$1,913,603.86$102,138.9$(76,123.42)$1,939,619.34
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2012$1,939,619.34$504,521.27$(1,175,982.6)$1,268,158.01
Pre-General[21]October 25, 2012$1,268,158.01$158,807.69$(509,353.11)$917,612.59
Running totals

According to a July 12, 2012 Report, Boustany raised $727,000 in the second quarter and at the end of the cycle had $1.9 mil cash-on-hand.[22]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Republican incumbent Charles Boustany outraised Republican incumbent Jeff Landry in the third quarter. Boustany raised $602,000 and has $1,268,000 in cash-on-hand while Landry raised $404,000 and has $755,000 in cash-on-hand.[23]


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.[24]


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 ranks 44th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 160th overall of the highest 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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Boustany's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,053,449 and $1,716,441. That averages to $1,384,945, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[26]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Charles Boustany, Jr. voted with the Republican Party 95.0% of the time, which ranked 30 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[27]

Recent news

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Boustany and his wife Bridget live in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have two grown children.[28]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Boustany" Accessed May 14, 2012
  2. Politico "Charles Boustany defeats Jeff Landry in Louisiana House race," December 8, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Charles Boustany Jr." Accessed November 19, 2011
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 19, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed August 17, 2012
  7. Nola.com "Bill Cassidy leads Louisiana pack in chase for U.S. House campaign cash" Accessed February 18, 2012
  8. Politico "Charles Boustany defeats Jeff Landry in Louisiana House race," December 8, 2012
  9. Charles Boustany's Official Campaign Website
  10. Campaign Website
  11. Campaign Website
  12. Campaign Website
  13. Campaign Website
  14. Boustany's Official Campaign Website
  15. YouTube channel
  16. FEC Reports "Charles Boustany Jr. Summary Reports" Accessed July 17, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 10, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed July 12, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary," Accessed November 2, 2012
  20. FEC Reports "October Quarterly," Accessed November 2, 2012
  21. FEC Reports "Pre-General," Accessed November 2, 2012
  22. FEC Query "Summary" Accessed July 17, 2012
  23. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  24. Open Secrets "Steve Scalise 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  25. LegiStorm "Charles Boustany Jr"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Boustany, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Landry
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 3
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chris John
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 7
Succeeded by