Rodney Alexander

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Rodney Alexander
Rodney Alexander.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 5
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana State House of Representatives
High schoolJonesboro-Hodge High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Louisiana-Monroe
Date of birthDecember 5, 1946
Place of birthQuitman, LA
ProfessionInsurance Agent
Office website
Campaign website
Rodney McKinnie Alexander (b. December 5, 1946) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 5th congressional district. Alexander was first elected to the House as a Democrat in 2002, but switched to the Republican party three months prior to his 2004 re-election.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Alexander is a "rank-and-file Republican".[1]


Alexander was born in 1946 in Quitman, Louisiana, and attended high school in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He earned his B.A. from University of Louisiana-Monroe and worked as an insurance salesman prior to his political career.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Alexander's political career[2]:

  • Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1987-2002
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District of Louisiana, 2003-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Alexander serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch


Alexander served on the following House committees[4]:

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rodney Alexander endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Alexander voted for 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 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: Louisiana's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Alexander ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Louisiana's 5th District. Alexander, the incumbent, defeated Clay Steven Grant (L) and Ron Caesar (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[7][8] 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 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 77.8% 202,536
     Libertarian Ron Ceasar 14.4% 37,486
     None Clay Steven Grant 7.8% 20,194
Total Votes 260,216
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign Themes

Alexander lists the following campaign themes on his official campaign website.[9]

  • Experience- "Rodney is a veteran public servant; having first been elected at the age of 25 to the Jackson Parish Police Jury and then serving for 16 years as a Louisiana State Representative where he was the chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee."[10]
  • Beliefs- "Rodney is pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment and serves as a conservative voice in Congress. He is committed to helping his colleagues on both sides of the aisle find a bipartisan consensus on critical issues ranging from health care to tax reform."[11]
  • Family- "Rodney has been married to the former Nancy Sutton for thirty-seven years. They have three children - Ginger, Rod, and Lisa - and four grandchildren. Rodney and Nancy live with their family in Quitman, Louisiana and attend Sweetwater Baptist Church."[12]


The following are two commentaries by Alexander on the Constitution and "our future." They are featured on his campaign website.[13]

Rodney Alexander, "Rodney Alexander on the Constitution..."[14]

Rodney Alexander, "Rodney Alexander on the Future..."[15]


On November 2, 2010, Alexander won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tom Gibbs, Jr. (I) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 78.6% 122,033
     Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 21.4% 33,279
Total Votes 155,312

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Alexander's reports.

Rodney Alexander (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 14, 2012$89,850.82$134,200$(109,566.57)$114,484.25
July Quarterly[19]July 14, 2012$114,484.25$220,936.95$(104,955.11)$230,466.09
Running totals


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

Alexander won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Alexander's campaign committee raised a total of $1,260,755 and spent $1,239,963.[20]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Alexander paid his congressional staff a total of $1,052,073 in 2011. He ranks 27th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 114th 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.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Alexander's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $266,005 and $665,000. That averages to $465,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

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 2012, Rodney Alexander was ranked the 168th most conservative representative during 2011.[23]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Rodney Alexander voted with the Republican Party 92.7% of the time, which ranked 114 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[24]


Alexander and his wife Nancy (nee Sutton) live in Quinton, LA. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[25]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Alexander" Accessed May 24, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Rodney Alexander" Accessed November 19, 2011
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 17, 2011
  5. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State "Candidate List" Accessed October 22,2012
  8. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  9. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  10. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  11. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  12. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  13. Rodney Alexander's Official Campaign Website
  14. YouTube channel
  15. YouTube channel
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 17, 2011
  17. Federal Election Commission "Rodney Alexander Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  20. Open Secrets "Rodney Alexander 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 15, 2011
  21. LegiStorm "Rodney Alexander"
  22., "Alexander, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
James R. Fannin
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 5
Succeeded by