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Biography

Elected: 2008, 3rd term.

Born: July 5, 1951, Meridian, MS

Home: Minden

Education: U. of MA, B.S. 1973, M.D. 1976

Professional Career: Physician; Businessman

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: married (Cindy) , 4 children

Republican John Fleming, elected in 2008, is a physician, a multi-millionaire owner of Subway restaurants, and a far-right conservative who has taken up rhetorical arms against the Obama administration on issues affecting businesses.

Fleming grew up in Meridian, Miss., the son of a utility substation operator who worked two or three jobs to make ends meet. His father died of a heart attack just before Fleming finished high school. His mother was disabled and relied on Social Security to support Fleming and two younger siblings. After undergraduate and medical school at the University of Mississippi, he spent six years in the Navy, where he did his medical residency. He later opened a family medical practice in Minden, La., and in the 1990s, served as coroner of Webster Parish. He had another sideline: Fleming operated 30 Subway restaurants in the state and had a stake in 130 UPS stores, from Mississippi to Texas. He also wrote a book called Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know to Immunize Their Kids Against Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

The House seat came open when influential Rep. Jim McCrery, the ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Committee, announced his retirement in December 2007. The early front-runners for the GOP nomination were trucking-company executive Chris Gorman and Bossier Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Thompson, who was supported by McCrery and the National Republican Congressional Committee. In the first round of voting, Fleming led with 35%, to 34% for Gorman and 31% for Thompson. Next came a runoff campaign with Gorman. Both men held similar, conservative views, emphasizing the need to reduce federal spending and taxes, and both spent heavily. Fleming spent over $1 million, much of it his own money, while Gorman spent $2.2 million. Fleming captured the nomination 56%-44%.

Meanwhile, Democrats lined up behind Paul Carmouche, a 30-year Caddo Parish district attorney who styled himself as a centrist Blue Dog Democrat and ran an anti-abortion rights and anti-crime campaign. Fleming emphasized his own conservative credentials, calling himself a Ronald Reagan Republican. He called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and replacing the current income tax with a national sales tax. And he said he favored tough measures against illegal immigrants, decrying an “invasion by illegal aliens.” Fleming out-raised Carmouche $1.4 million to $1.2 million and got a big helping hand from the NRCC. The election was held on December 6, 2008, after being delayed a month by the threat from Hurricane Gustav. Fleming won by 350 votes.

In the House, Fleming’s fondness for fiery rhetoric has drawn admiration from the far right, but even some members of his party have come to regard him as a loose cannon. He drew widespread publicity in February 2012 when his office posted on his Facebook page—and later quickly deleted—an article from the satirical newspaper The Onion about Planned Parenthood’s development of an $8 billion “abortionplex” that his staff mistook as factual. One of the first Republicans to join the Tea Party Caucus, Fleming regularly takes to the House floor to make speeches bashing President Barack Obama. In one newspaper column, he accused the president of “undermining this country’s national defense on purpose.” Fleming also drew scorn from progressives when he publicly supported a Florida urologist’s decision to deny care to patients who supported Obama, saying it was the doctor’s “First Amendment right.”

During a vote in 2011 on a spending resolution aimed at averting a government shutdown, Fleming was one of 48 Republicans who defied the GOP leadership by voting no, saying the measure did not cut spending enough. Fleming came under fire for comments he made on MSNBC after being asked about a Wall Street Journal report that he had a gross income of some $6.3 million. “The amount that I have to invest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million,” he said. “So by the time I feed my family I have, maybe, $400,000 left over to invest.” Fleming was criticized by blogosphere and cable TV liberals for being insensitive to the plight of workers with much less disposable income. But Fleming was unapologetic, explaining later on Fox News that higher taxes mean business owners have less money to hire new workers.

Democrats failed to field a strong candidate to take on Fleming in 2010. The party’s nominee was David Melville, a Methodist minister who sought to portray the congressman as too partisan. Fleming did raise some eyebrows with an August appearance at a forum in which he cast the election as a choice between godlessness and Christianity. Fleming won comfortably with 62% of the vote. In 2011, Fleming lashed out at fellow Louisiana GOP Rep. Charles Boustany for backing a redistricting plan that Fleming said could have undermined his prospects in 2012, but his district’s partisan makeup remained mostly unchanged, and he beat a Libertarian candidate with 75% of the vote.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2777

(202) 225-8039

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2182
Washington, DC 20515-1804

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2777

(202) 225-8039

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2182
Washington, DC 20515-1804

DISTRICT OFFICE

(318) 798-2254

(318) 798-2063

6425 Youree Drive Suite 350
Shreveport, LA 71105-4634

DISTRICT OFFICE

(318) 798-2254

(318) 798-2063

6425 Youree Drive Suite 350
Shreveport, LA 71105-4634

DISTRICT OFFICE

(337) 238-0778

(337) 238-0566

103 North Third Street
Leesville, LA 71446-4013

DISTRICT OFFICE

(337) 238-0778

(337) 238-0566

103 North Third Street
Leesville, LA 71446-4013

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(318) 779-1261

(318) 716-3337

PO Box 1236
Minden, LA 71058-1236

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1236
Minden, LA 71058-1236

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1352
Minden, LA 71055

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Appropriations

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Banking

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Budget

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Education

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Energy

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Environment

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Family

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Finance

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Matthew Silver
Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Health

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Matthew Silver
Legislative Assistant

Housing

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Intelligence

Matthew Silver
Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Matthew Silver
Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Military

Matthew Silver
Legislative Assistant

Minorities

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Tax

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Technology

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Telecommunications

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Trade

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Transportation

Garth Van Meter
Legislative Director

Veterans

Matthew Silver
Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Women

Katie Doherty
Senior Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
John Fleming
Votes: 187,894
Percent: 75.3%
Randall Lord
Votes: 61,637
Percent: 24.7%
2010 GENERAL
John Fleming
Votes: 105,223
Percent: 62.34%
David Melville
Votes: 54,609
Percent: 32.35%
Artis Cash
Votes: 8,962
Percent: 5.31%
2010 PRIMARY
John Fleming
Unopposed
2008 GENERAL
John Fleming
Votes: 44,501
Percent: 48.07%
Paul Carmouche
Votes: 44,151
Percent: 47.69%
2008 RUNOFF
John Fleming
Votes: 43,012
Percent: 55.56%
Chris Gorman
Votes: 34,405
Percent: 44.44%
2008 PRIMARY
John Fleming
Votes: 14,500
Percent: 35.14%
Chris Gorman
Votes: 14,072
Percent: 34.1%
Jeff Thompson
Votes: 12,693
Percent: 30.76%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%), 2008 (48%)

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