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Steve Scalise
Steve Scalise.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 1
In office
May 3, 2008-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PredecessorBobby Jindal (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.43 in 2012
First electedMay 3, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,403,463
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana State Senate
Louisiana State House of Representatives
High schoolRummel High School
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Date of birthOctober 6, 1965
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionSoftware Engineer, Marketing Executive
Net worth$-12,998.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Steven Joseph "Steve" Scalise (b. October 6, 1965, in New Orleans, LA) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 1st Congressional District. Scalise was first elected to the House in a 2008 special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Rep. Bobby Jindal.

He was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 and in 2012.[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 took place November 4, 2014.

He is the current House majority whip.[2] He beat out Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Peter Roskam (R-IL) for the position.[3][4][5] The whip post became open when Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) took over for Eric Cantor as majority leader.[6]

He previously was a member of the Louisiana State Senate in 2008 and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007.[7]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Scalise is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Scalise was born in 1965 in New Orleans, LA, and graduated from Rummel High School. He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University and worked as both a software engineer and a technology company marketing executive prior to his political career.[7]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Scalise's political career[7]:

  • Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1995-2007
  • Louisiana State Senate, 2008
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District of Louisiana, 2008-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Scalise serves on the following committees:[8][9]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Scalise served on the following House committees[10]:

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Key votes

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.[11] For more information pertaining to Scalise's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[12]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Scalise voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[13]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Scalise 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.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Scalise 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.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]


Voted "Yes" Scalise 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.[13]


Farm bill

Nay3.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.[15] 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.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Scalise voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.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.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] 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. Scalise joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[18][19]

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.[21] 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.[22] Scalise voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

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 funded 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.[24] 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. Scalise voted against HR 2775.[25]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Scalise 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.[13]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Scalise 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.[13]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Scalise 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.[13]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Scalise 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.[13]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Scalise 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.[26]


On The Issues Vote Match

Steve Scalise's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Scalise is a Hard-Core Conservative. Scalise received a score of 19 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.


Continuing resolution

Scalise, along with Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jim Jordan, advocated in a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor for clean continuing resolution at the sequester level of $967 billion for 2014 spending.[29]

They said that Democrats would prefer a government shutdown to voting for low spending mandated by law, and that the minority party would want a government shutdown to distract from the issues with the Affordable Care Act.[29]

“With their own popularity cratering along with that of Obamacare, one can understand why the Democrats would want the diversion of another government shutdown,” they wrote in the letter. “We are not interested in giving the Democrats that opportunity. And toward that end, we encourage you to allow a vote as soon as practicable on a full-year “clean CR” funding bill at the levels established in law by the Budget Control Act.”[29]


RSC fires director

The Republican Study Committee fired its longtime executive director Paul Teller in December 2013 and accused him of leaking conversations with lawmakers.[30]

Scalise, the chairman of the RSC, reportedly asked Teller for his resignation, and announced the termination at a December 11, 2013, RSC meeting on Capitol Hill.[30]

“Paul was divulging private, member level conversations and actively working against strategies developed by RSC members,” said the senior GOP aide. “Trust between senior staff and RSC members is paramount. No staffer is above a member.”[30]

Free trip to Israel

Scalise was one of seven members of Congress and their spouses to receive free travel to Israel at the beginning of November 2013.[31] The week long trip in November 2013 for Scalise and his wife cost an estimated $23,352.[31]

The sponsor of the trip, the U.S. Israel Education Association, previously named the American Israel Educational Association, paid for the members of Congress and a family member to travel to Israel between November 1 and November 10, 2013. The purpose of the trip was to receive briefings on the U.S.-Israel relationship and Israel’s relationship to other countries in the region.[31]

Although trips are not supposed to be paid for by lobbyists or those hiring lobbyists, the trip approval forms and agenda do include a listing of each member invited, their committee assignments, and specific bills sponsored or co-sponsored, relating to Israel.[31]

The other travelers included Michele Bachmann and her son, Robert Aderholt and his spouse, Jim Jordan and his spouse, James Lankford and his spouse, Mike McIntyre and his spouse and Ted Poe and his spouse.[31]

Presidential preference


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

Steve Scalise endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [32]


The following C-Span video is featured on Scalise's campaign website.[33]

Steve Scalise, "Scalise on Pelosi's 1,990 page Healthcare Bill"[34]



See also: Louisiana's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Scalise 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 primary takes place on November 4, 2014.


See also: Louisiana's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Scalise ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 1st District. Scalise, the incumbent, defeated M.V. Mendoza (D), Gary King (R), David Turknett (I) and Arden Wells (I) in the November 6 blanket primary.[35] 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 would have gone to a runoff, held on December 8.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Scalise Incumbent 66.6% 193,496
     Democratic Vinny Mendoza 21.2% 61,703
     Republican Gary King 8.6% 24,844
     Independent David Turknett 2.1% 6,079
     Independent Arden Wells 1.5% 4,288
Total Votes 290,410
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scalise is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Scalise raised a total of $4,403,463 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[37]

Steve Scalise's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 1) Won $1,436,751
2010 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 1) Won $1,358,024
2008 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 1) Won $1,608,688
Grand Total Raised $4,403,463


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Scalise's reports.[38]


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Scalise won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Scalise's campaign committee raised a total of $1,436,751 and spent $1,436,751.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Scalise spent $7.43 per vote received in 2012.


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

Scalise won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Scalise's campaign committee raised a total of $1,358,024 and spent $1,007,474.[48]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Scalise's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between -$60,996 and $34,999. That averages to -$12,998.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Scalise ranked as the 420th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49] Between 2007 and 2012, Scalise's calculated net worth[50] decreased by an average of 21 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

Steve Scalise Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-103%
Average annual growth:-21%[52]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[53]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Financial Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Scalise paid his congressional staff a total of $989,730 in 2011. He ranks 59th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 183rd 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.[54]

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Scalise is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 18, 2013.[55]

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.[56]

Scalise most often votes with:

Scalise least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Scalise missed 49 of 3,773 roll call votes from May 2008 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[57]

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.


Scalise ranked 5th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[58]


Scalise ranked 11th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[59]

Voting with party


Steve Scalise voted with the Republican Party 98.4 percent of the time, which ranked 20th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[60]


Scalise and his wife Jennifer (nee Letulle) have two children.[61]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Politico, "Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise vault into GOP leadership," accessed June 19, 2014
  3. Breitbart, "Hensarling Bows Out Of Majority Leader Race, Stuzman Launches Whip Bid," accessed June 12, 2014
  4. Roll Call, "Labrador Announces Candidacy for Majority Leader (Updated)," accessed June 14, 2014
  5. Politico, "The battle to become whip," accessed June 16, 2014
  6. Politico, "Lynn Westmoreland, Pete Sessions weigh whip bid," accessed June 16, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Steve Scalise," accessed November 15, 2011
  8., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  9. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed November 12, 2011
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 Project Vote Smart, "Steve Scalise Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  15. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Steve Scalise Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Politico, "Three conservatives want clean CR," accessed December 5, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Politico, "RSC fires executive director," accessed December 11, 2013
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Roll Call, "Rep. Michele Bachmann Takes Son on Free Trip to Israel," accessed November 27, 2013
  32. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 22, 2011
  33. Scalise's Official Campaign Website, "News," accessed 2012
  34. YouTube channel, "Video," accessed 2012
  35. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed October 22,2012
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Steve Scalise," accessed April 7, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Scalise 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Steve Scalise 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed November 15, 2011
  49. OpenSecrets, "Scalise, (R-LA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  51. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  53. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  54. LegiStorm, "Steve Scalise," accessed 2012
  55. GovTrack, "Scalise," accessed June 18, 2013
  56. OpenCongress, "Rep. Steve Scalise," accessed August 2, 2013
  57. GovTrack, "Steve Scalise," accessed April 1, 2013
  58. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. Official Campaign Site, "Biography," accessed November 15, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Jindal
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Louisiana State Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Louisiana House of Representatives
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