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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
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$631,427
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles William Boustany, Jr. (b. February 21, 1956, in New Orleans, Louisiana) 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, defeating fellow incumbent Jeff Landry (R) in the runoff election.[1]

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 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.[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]

2011-2012

Boustany served on the following House committees:[4]

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

Issues

Campaign Issues

2012

The following are several issues highlighted at Boustany's campaign website. [5]

  • 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."[6]
  • Excerpt: Boustany sponsored CLASS Act, HR 1173, "to repeal the dangerous ponzi-scheme in Obamacare."[7]
  • Excerpt: Regarding the 2nd Amendment, Boustany has received an A rating from the NRA.[8]
  • 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."[9]

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.[10]

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 general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[11] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. Boustany and Landry advanced to the runoff held on December 8.[12] Boustany defeated Landry in the runoff.[13]

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."[14]


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

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.[20]

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.[21]

Charles Boustany (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]4/15/2013$190,368.07$134,170.67$(235,631.11)$88,907.63
July Quarterly[23]7/15/2013$88,907.63$353,854.85$(111,498.13)$3,312,664.35
Running totals
$488,025.52$(347,129.24)

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

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.[26]

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 June 18, 2013.[27]

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.[28]

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 ranks 44th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and 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.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Boustany's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $549,931 and $712,924. This averages to $631,427, which is a 54.41% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[30]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[31]

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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Boustany was ranked the 38th most conservative representative during 2012.[32]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Charles Boustany Jr. was ranked the 99th most conservative representative during 2011.[33]

Voting with party

2013

Charles Boustany, Jr. voted with the Republican Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 131st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[34]

Recent news

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Personal

Boustany and his wife Bridget live in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have two grown children.[35]

External links


References

  1. Politico "Charles Boustany defeats Jeff Landry in Louisiana House race," December 8, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Charles Boustany Jr." Accessed November 19, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 19, 2011
  5. Charles Boustany's Official Campaign Website
  6. Campaign Website
  7. Campaign Website
  8. Campaign Website
  9. Campaign Website
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed August 17, 2012
  12. Nola.com "Bill Cassidy leads Louisiana pack in chase for U.S. House campaign cash" Accessed February 18, 2012
  13. Politico "Charles Boustany defeats Jeff Landry in Louisiana House race," December 8, 2012
  14. Boustany's Official Campaign Website
  15. YouTube channel
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Charles Boustany Jr." Accessed April 7, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Charles Boustany 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 25, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Steve Scalise 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Boustany" Accessed June 18, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Rep. Charles Boustany," Accessed August 2, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Charles Boustany Jr"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Boustany, (R-Louisiana), 2011
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Boustany, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  35. 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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