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Address: 2338 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (504) 837-1259

Address: 110 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie LA 70005-4970

Houma LA

Phone: (985) 879-2300

Fax: (985) 340-3122

Address: 8026 Main Street, Houma LA 70360-3407

Mandeville LA

Phone: (985) 893-9064

Fax: (985) 893-9707

Address: 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville LA 70471-7513

Hammond LA

Phone: (985) 340-2185

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Address: 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond LA 70401

Steve Scalise Staff
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Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Crossie, Justin
Regional Director
Evans, Danielle
Field Representative
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Henry, Charles
Chief of Staff
Marphis, Pam
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Legislative Counsel
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Walter, Erika
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Henry, Charles
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Seale, John
Legislative Counsel
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Crossie, Justin
Regional Director
Marphis, Pam
Constituent Relations Director
Trowbridge, Fred
Director of Special Projects
Coffield, David
Legislative Assistant
Green, Geoffrey
Senior Legislative Assistant
Achord, Darren
Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Director
Walter, Erika
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Steve Scalise Committees
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Steve Scalise Biography
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  • Elected: May 2008, 4th full term.
  • District: Louisiana 1
  • Born: Oct. 06, 1965, New Orleans
  • Home: Jefferson
  • Education:

    LA St. U., B.S., 1989

  • Professional Career:

    Systems engineer, Diamond Data Systems, eVenture Technologies.

  • Political Career:

    LA House, 1996-2007, LA Senate, 2008.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Jennifer); 2 children

Republican Steve Scalise won a special election in May 2008 to succeed GOP Rep. Bobby Jindal, who became governor. Scalise in 2013 took over the helm of the Republican Study Committee, the group of the most conservative members in the House, then a year later vaulted to the position of majority whip through a blend of  staunch conservatism and Cajun charm. Read More

Republican Steve Scalise won a special election in May 2008 to succeed GOP Rep. Bobby Jindal, who became governor. Scalise in 2013 took over the helm of the Republican Study Committee, the group of the most conservative members in the House, then a year later vaulted to the position of majority whip through a blend of  staunch conservatism and Cajun charm.

A native of New Orleans, Scalise (sca-LEASE) grew up in Metairie. When his parents gave their son a battery-powered microphone, he played town crier on his neighborhood street, decorating his bicycle in red, white, and blue and calling people to the polls—the start of a political career. He majored in computer science at Louisiana State University, where he was speaker of the student assembly. After college, he settled in Jefferson Parish as a systems engineer. In 1995, when he was 30, he was elected to the state House, where he served 12 years before winning a state Senate seat in 2007. He pushed legislation to give incentives to the motion picture industry to produce films in Louisiana, and he helped pass a bill that made Louisiana the first state to bar cities from suing gun manufacturers for the actions of criminals. Scalise had considered running for the open seat in the 1st District in 1999 and 2004 but deferred first to David Vitter, now a U.S. senator, then to Jindal.

In the special election to replace Jindal, the key contest was the April 5 Republican runoff between Scalise and state Rep. Tim Burns of Mandeville in St. Tammany. Burns cited Scalise’s opposition to a bill banning smoking in restaurants and tried to tie him to special interests. Scalise called for limits on “out-of-control spending” and said he had “the experience to hit the ground running from Day One.” Scalise won 58%-42%, capturing 83% of the Jefferson Parish vote. The May 3 contest against Democrat Gilda Reed, a college instructor and political neophyte, was never in doubt. Scalise won 75%-23%.

The following November, when Scalise had to defend the seat in regularly scheduled congressional election, he faced a bigger challenge. Democrat Jim Harlan, a venture capitalist, sank $1.8 million of his own money into the race and was not shy about throwing mud. In one television ad, he tried to tie Scalise to a local scandal involving a federal investigation of the abuse of tax credits by the Louisiana Institute of Film Technology because Scalise had been a sponsor of the tax credit program in the legislature. Scalise cited his opponent’s support of presidential candidate Barack Obama as evidence that Harlan was too liberal for the district. Scalise coasted to a 66%-34% win for a full two-year term, taking 71% in Jefferson Parish and 68% in St. Tammany, which together accounted for 71% of the total vote. He coasted to reelection in 2010 with 79% and in 2012 with 67%.

Scalise is a down-the-line Republican whose rhetorical edge is sharper than that of his predecessors, Republicans Jindal and former Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston. He has railed against what he calls Obama’s “radical agenda” and backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s short-lived 2012 presidential bid. And his early work as whip was overshadowed in December 2014, when a Louisiana liberal blogger reported that Scalise had spoken to a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in 2002, six years before he was elected to Congress. 

When the story first broke, Scalise didn't fully explain how he had been picked as a keynote speaker at the meeting of the European-American Unity and American Rights Organization. Two days later, after a storm of criticism, he expressed his regrets about the appearance and said he had been there to seek support for a tax proposal. He distanced himself from the group, saying he "wholeheartedly condemned" its views, and House GOP leaders as well as other Republicans backed him. As part of a damage-control effort, he spent the early months of 2015 meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus and civil rights leaders. But liberal groups seized on the issue as an opportunity to try to depict Republicans as racists.

Before becoming part of the leadership, he showed an occasional willingness to cross it. He opposed the 2011 compromise on raising the debt limit, and he joined most other Louisiana Republicans in refusing to support a relief bill for Hurricane Sandy in January 2013 because it didn’t have offsetting cuts in spending. The House in September 2012 passed his bill allowing people to pay extra at tax time to help reduce the deficit. In a dig at billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whose call for having the wealthy pay more in taxes became a Democratic rallying cry, Scalise called his bill the “Buffett Rule Act.”

Scalise joined the Tea Party Caucus and served as the chief recruiter for the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2012 election cycle. When Ohio Republican Jim Jordan stepped down as its chairman of the Republican Study Committee following the 2012 election, Georgia Republican Tom Graves was set to take his place, winning the endorsement of the group’s founders and past chairmen, which is the traditional means of ascent. But Scalise, who had been managing communications for the group, jumped in and demanded a more democratic means of choosing the leader. “From the beginning, I felt like this ought to be a member-driven organization, and the members should decide who’s the next chairman,” he told National Journal. He touted his record of “getting things done,” including enactment of his bill limiting the ability of a president to appoint “czars” without Senate approval. Scalise said he won the secret ballot “with votes to spare.”

Unlike new Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, whom Scalise has known since his days in the Louisiana Senate, Scalise opposed raising the federal debt ceiling. And he joined 80 other like-minded conservatives in signing a 2013 letter that urged de-funding the Affordable Care Act in appropriations bills. He was the House's fourth most-conservative member in 2013, according to National Journal rankings.

But Scalise is also known for his sense of humor and is friendly with many Democrats. He and liberal Henry Waxman of California regularly talk about their children and grandchildren, and he plays basketball with 2nd District Democrat Cedric Richmond, an old friend from their days in Baton Rouge. (At the annual congressional charity baseball game in 2012, Scalise also got a run-scoring hit off Richmond, who was pitching and who previously hadn’t allowed any hits.) “Steve is an example of how things used to work in Congress,” Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., told The Times-Picayune. “You’d battle it out and afterwards you can sit down and be friendly with one another.” After the House Appropriations Committee stripped out $17 million in Louisiana coastal restoration funds from the fiscal 2013 energy and water spending bill, Scalise and Richmond won bipartisan House approval of an amendment restoring $10 million.

In 2009, Scalise joined the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, a useful assignment for this district. He called for more energy production, including offshore drilling. After the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf in 2010, he shepherded colleagues to the region to see the disaster for themselves and was incensed by Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling, calling it “reckless.” He later guided through the House and into law the 2012 RESTORE Act, which calls for at least 80% of fines collected from BP and other parties to be sent directly to areas affected by the disaster.

A fierce skeptic of human-caused climate change, he succeeded in amending the House’s fiscal 2012 agriculture appropriations bill to bar the Agriculture Department from implementing its climate protection plan. He also was a staunch opponent of the Democrats’ cap-and-trade bill to allow industries to trade emissions credits in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Within hours of Virginia Republican Eric Cantor's shocking primary defeat in June 2014, Scalise began mobilizing his bid to join the leadership. It helped him that as Study Committee chairman, he already had a built-in base of support; it also helped that many Southern Republicans were anxious to see one of their own in a high-ranking post. But he left nothing to chance, lobbying many colleagues personally to eventually beat Illinois' Peter Roskam and Indiana's Marlin Stutzman for the job. "He's ... open and direct and he likes it when you're open and direct back to him," Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, with whom Scalise shares an apartment on Capitol Hill, told The Times-Picayune. "But he doesn't take stuff personally. He's friendly, engaging with everyone."

Yet Scalise also can be tough. At the Republican Study Committee, he threw representatives of the prominent Heritage Foundation think tank out of meetings in 2013 after the group caused an internal furor with its advocacy of splitting the farm bill into two parts: one dealing specifically with agriculture policy (called a "farm-only bill") and another legislating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the food-stamp program known as SNAP whose budget conservatives have desperately sought to cut.

And when House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, balked at passing a flood-insurance bill in March 2014, an undaunted Scalise helped engineer enough GOP support for the measure to pass the House on a bipartisan basis -- an accomplishment viewed by many in Louisiana as a tryout for the whip's job. “We had to build a coalition, and we had to overcome a lot of obstacles,” he told The Advocate of Baton Rouge.

In the days before he was formally sworn in as whip, Scalise promised that Republicans would avoid a repeat of 2013's government shutdown and would fund the government at current levels. But he refused to rule out the possibility of impeaching Obama, a controversial idea that had galvanized the far right but one that Boehner had resolutely rejected. Then, in his first week on the job, he was faced with the task of attracting supporters for a bill to address the Central American refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. He and other House leaders had to pull their initial bill because of a lack of support, leading former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to declare on MSNBC that Scalise and McCarthy "can't count."

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Steve Scalise Election Results
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2012 General (Conditional Primary)
Steve Scalise (R)
Votes: 193,496
Percent: 66.63%
M. V. Mendoza (D)
Votes: 61,703
Percent: 21.25%
Gary King (R)
Votes: 24,844
Percent: 8.55%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (79%), 2008 (66%), 2008 special (75%)
Steve Scalise Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 8 (L) : 91 (C) 3 (L) : 96 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C)
Composite 5.8 (L) : 94.2 (C) 4.2 (L) : 95.8 (C) 8.3 (L) : 91.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV99
CFG8487
ITIC-92
NTU8082
20112012
COC93-
ACLU-0
ACU92100
ADA00
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
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Steve Scalise Leadership Staff
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Black, Tanner
Special Assistant
Bravo, Matt
Deputy Floor Director
Cavazos, Andrew
Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Deluke, Brenden
Special Assistant
Hodgson, Chris
Floor Assistant
Horton, Brett
Director, Floor Operations; Counsel
Hudak, Kelley
Business Coalitions Coordinator
Hughes, William
Director, Policy
Reiser, Martin
Counsel, Legislative
Reising, Bart
Director, Operations
Sadlosky, Dan
Advisor, Policy
Tatum, Thomas
Deputy Communications Director
Zulkosky, Eric
Director, Member Services; Advisor, Policy
Sadlosky, Dan
Advisor, Policy
Zulkosky, Eric
Director, Member Services; Advisor, Policy
Cavazos, Andrew
Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Hudak, Kelley
Business Coalitions Coordinator
Horton, Brett
Director, Floor Operations; Counsel
Reiser, Martin
Counsel, Legislative
Tatum, Thomas
Deputy Communications Director
Bravo, Matt
Deputy Floor Director
Horton, Brett
Director, Floor Operations; Counsel
Hughes, William
Director, Policy
Reising, Bart
Director, Operations
Zulkosky, Eric
Director, Member Services; Advisor, Policy
Black, Tanner
Special Assistant
Deluke, Brenden
Special Assistant
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