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Charles Boustany Jr.

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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$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. 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, 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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

National security

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Boustany 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Boustany voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Economy

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.[9] 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.[10] Boustany voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] 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.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Boustany voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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]


Campaign issues

2012

The following are several issues highlighted at Boustany's campaign website. [15]

  • 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."[16]
  • Excerpt: Boustany sponsored CLASS Act, HR 1173, "to repeal the dangerous ponzi-scheme in Obamacare."[17]
  • Excerpt: Regarding the 2nd Amendment, Boustany has received an A rating from the NRA.[18]
  • 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."[19]

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.[20] Louisiana does not hold a primary before the November 6 general election. Boustany and Landry advanced to the runoff held on December 8.[21] Boustany defeated Landry in the runoff.[22]

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."[23]


Charles Boustany Jr., "ObamaCare- Just Plain Wrong"[24]

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.[29]

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.[30]

Charles Boustany (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$190,368.07$134,170.67$(235,631.11)$88,907.63
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$88,907.63$354,038.02$(11,681.30)$331,264.35
October Quarterly[33]October 13, 2013$331,264.35$289,609.02$(186,807.42)$434,065.95
Year-end[34]January 31, 2014$434,065$238,894$(155,438)$517,521
April Quarterly[35]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.[36] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[37]

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.[38]

U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana's 7th Congressional District, 2010 - Charles Boustany Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,677,845
Total Spent $1,258,638
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Charles Boustany Jr.'s campaign committee
Edison Chouest Offshore$17,200
Jack Lawton Inc$14,650
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$13,500
LHC Group$12,700
Marlin Energy$12,250
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$225,650
Oil & Gas$115,300
Insurance$108,795
Health Services/HMOs$69,300
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$68,028

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

Political Positions

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.

2012

Boustany ranked 38th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[44]

2011

Boustany ranked 99th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[45]

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.[46]

Personal

Boustany and his wife Bridget live in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have two grown children.[47]

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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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Charles Boustany Jr. Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Charles Boustany's Official Campaign Website
  16. Campaign Website
  17. Campaign Website
  18. Campaign Website
  19. Campaign Website
  20. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed August 17, 2012
  21. Nola.com "Bill Cassidy leads Louisiana pack in chase for U.S. House campaign cash" Accessed February 18, 2012
  22. Politico "Charles Boustany defeats Jeff Landry in Louisiana House race," December 8, 2012
  23. Boustany's Official Campaign Website
  24. YouTube channel
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Charles Boustany Jr." Accessed April 7, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Charles Boustany Jr. 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  36. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Steve Scalise 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  39. Gov Track "Boustany" Accessed June 18, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Rep. Charles Boustany," Accessed August 2, 2013
  41. LegiStorm "Charles Boustany Jr"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Boustany, (R-Louisiana), 2011
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Boustany, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  44. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. 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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