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Steve Scalise
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U.S. House, Louisiana, District 1
In office
May 3, 2008-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorBobby Jindal (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 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
BirthdayOctober 6, 1965
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionSoftware Engineer, Marketing Executive
Net worth-$20,498
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Steven Joseph "Steve" Scalise (b. October 6, 1965) 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 in 2010 and in 2012.[1]

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, Louisiana, 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.[2]


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

  • 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:[3]

  • 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[4]:

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


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. [5]


The following C-Span video is featured on Scalise's campaign website.[6]

Steve Scalise, "Scalise on Pelosi's 1,990 page Health Care Bill"[7]

Specific votes

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 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.[8]



See also: Louisiana's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Scalise ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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.[9] 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.[11]

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


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.[12]


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.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Steve Scalise Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,358,024
Total Spent $1,007,474
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $64,420
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $60,708
Top contributors to Steve Scalise's campaign committee
Edison Chouest Offshore$29,600
Morris & Dickson$25,700
Chailland Inc$16,700
Riecke & Assoc$11,700
American Bankers Assn$11,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$96,425
Oil & Gas$92,935
Sea Transport$89,100
Health Professionals$88,010


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 he 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.[14]

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, Scalise's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$61,996 and $20,999. This averages to -$20,498, which is the same as 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[15]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Scalise's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-61,996 and $20,999. That averages to $-20,498.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]


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.[17]

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 Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.3%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[18]

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 site.


According to the data released in 2013, Scalise was ranked the 5th most conservative representative during 2012.[19]


According to the data released in 2012, Steve Scalise was ranked the eleventh most conservative representative nation wide, during 2011. Consequently, his ranking marks him as the most conservative of Louisiana's representatives.[20]

Voting with party


Steve Scalise voted with the Republican Party 98.4 of the time, which ranked 20 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[21]


Scalise and his wife Jennifer (nee Letulle) have two children.[22]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Jindal
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana District 1
Succeeded by