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McAllister issued a statement following [[Governor of Louisiana|Gov.]] [[Bobby Jindal]]'s speech in Washington D.C. on February 24, 2014. In the statement he said:<ref>[http://www.knoe.com/story/24817309/mcallister-speaks-out-after-jindal-episode-in-dc ''KNOE TV,'' "McAllister speaks out after Jindal episode in D.C.," accessed February 25, 2014]</ref>
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<blockquote>"I thought, ‘You know what, I'm not going to skirt the issue. Republican, Democrat, it don't matter. Those working poor have paid that money in. That money's going to Washington. It's their money. For me to say I'm against Medicaid expansion makes me the best congressman California and Massachusetts could ever have, because that's where that money's gonna go. It's about doing what's right. You keep your people healthy, they'll continue to work. They'll do better. The money's there. As a business guy, I don't like Gov. Jindal standing up there and trying to use political points" to argue that the state can't afford the small fraction it would eventually have to pay to draw down billions in benefits. It don't take Einstein to figure out that's a pretty darn good return on your investment."</blockquote>
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At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Monroe, [[Louisiana]], on January 23, 2014, McAllister shared some blunt initial impressions of his position in [[Congress]].<ref name="sucks">[http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140124/NEWS01/301240019/U-S-Rep-Vance-McAllister-Congressional-job-sucks-?nclick_check=1 ''Shreveport Times,'' "U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister: Congressional job 'sucks'," accessed January 24, 2013]</ref>
 
At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Monroe, [[Louisiana]], on January 23, 2014, McAllister shared some blunt initial impressions of his position in [[Congress]].<ref name="sucks">[http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140124/NEWS01/301240019/U-S-Rep-Vance-McAllister-Congressional-job-sucks-?nclick_check=1 ''Shreveport Times,'' "U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister: Congressional job 'sucks'," accessed January 24, 2013]</ref>

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Vance McAllister
Vance McAllister.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 5
Incumbent
In office
November 21, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRodney Alexander (R)
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 16, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolForest High School (1992)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1992-1994
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 7, 1974
Place of birthOak Grove, Louisiana
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Vance McAllister (b. January 7, 1974, in Oak Grove, Louisiana) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. McAllister was elected by voters from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District.[1][2] He was elected in a special election on November 16, 2013.[3]

He defeated Tom Gibbs, Peter Williams, Eliot Barron, S.B.A. Zaitoon, Henry Herford, Jr., Weldon Russell, Jamie Mayo, Robert Johnson, Marcus Hunter, Phillip Weatherly and Clyde Holloway in the open primary on October 19, 2013. He then advanced to a runoff election on November 16, 2013, where he defeated Neil Riser (R).[4][5]

McAllister had the support of the popular "Duck Dynasty" television series celebrities, Phil and Willie Robertson.[6]

Biography

McAllister was born January 7, 1974, in Oak Grove, Louisiana. He graduated from Forest High School in 1992 and attended the University of Louisiana, Monroe.[7]

Career

He served in the United States Army from 1992 to 1994, and later in the Louisiana National Guard. Prior to entering Congress, McAllister was a business owner.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

McAllister serves on the following committees:[8]

Issues

Controversy

Gov. Jindal's comments

McAllister issued a statement following Gov. Bobby Jindal's speech in Washington D.C. on February 24, 2014. In the statement he said:[9]

"I thought, ‘You know what, I'm not going to skirt the issue. Republican, Democrat, it don't matter. Those working poor have paid that money in. That money's going to Washington. It's their money. For me to say I'm against Medicaid expansion makes me the best congressman California and Massachusetts could ever have, because that's where that money's gonna go. It's about doing what's right. You keep your people healthy, they'll continue to work. They'll do better. The money's there. As a business guy, I don't like Gov. Jindal standing up there and trying to use political points" to argue that the state can't afford the small fraction it would eventually have to pay to draw down billions in benefits. It don't take Einstein to figure out that's a pretty darn good return on your investment."

Congressional position

At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Monroe, Louisiana, on January 23, 2014, McAllister shared some blunt initial impressions of his position in Congress.[10]

“It sucks,” McAllister said. “It ain’t no fun. But, the day I start enjoying it in Washington, D.C., is the day that I should come home.”[10]

Elections

2013

See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

McAllister won election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] The election was held to replace Rodney Alexander, who announced his resignation in order to take a position as the next Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs at the end of September 2013.[11]

He defeated Tom Gibbs, Peter Williams, Eliot Barron, S.B.A. Zaitoon, Henry Herford, Jr., Weldon Russell, Jamie Mayo, Robert Johnson, Marcus Hunter, Phillip Weatherly and Clyde Holloway in the open primary on October 19. He advanced to the runoff election on November 16, 2013, where he defeated Neil Riser (R).[12][5]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Runoff General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 59.6% 54,450
     Republican Neil Riser 40.4% 36,840
Total Votes 91,290
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State, "11/16/2013 Special Election Results,"
U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Special Election Open Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Riser 32% 33,045
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 17.8% 18,386
     Republican Clyde Holloway 10.9% 11,250
     Republican Phillip "Blake" Weatherly 0.5% 517
     Republican Jay Morris 6.9% 7,083
     Democratic Marcus Hunter 3% 3,088
     Democratic Robert Johnson 9.6% 9,971
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 14.8% 15,317
     Democratic Weldon Russell 2.5% 2,554
     Libertarian Henry Herford, Jr. 0.9% 886
     Libertarian S.B.A. Zaitoon 0.1% 129
     Green Eliot Barron 0.5% 492
     Independent Tom Gibbs 0.3% 324
     Independent Peter Williams 0.3% 335
Total Votes 103,377
Source: Official results via Louisiana Secretary of State

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Preceded by
Rodney Alexander (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 5
2013–present
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