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Rep. Charles Boustany (R)

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Phone: 202-225-2031

Address: 1431 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (337) 235-6322

Address: 800 Lafayette Street, Lafayette LA 70501-6800

Lake Charles LA

Phone: (337) 433-1747

Fax: (337) 433-0974

Address: One Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles LA 70629-0114

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Charles Boustany Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Louisiana 3
  • Born: Feb. 21, 1956, New Orleans
  • Home: Lafayette
  • Education:

    U. of SW LA, B.S. 1978, LA St. U., M.D. 1982

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing surgeon, 1982-2004.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Episcopalian

  • Family: Married (Bridget); 2 children

Charles Boustany in 2004 became the first Republican elected from southwest Louisiana since 1884. He is a heart surgeon who holds a prized seat on the Ways and Means Committee and has been active on health care, mostly upholding the GOP line but sometimes willing to explore common ground with pragmatic Democrats. Read More

Charles Boustany in 2004 became the first Republican elected from southwest Louisiana since 1884. He is a heart surgeon who holds a prized seat on the Ways and Means Committee and has been active on health care, mostly upholding the GOP line but sometimes willing to explore common ground with pragmatic Democrats.

Of Lebanese ancestry, Boustany (Boo-STAN-nee) grew up in Lafayette, where his father was parish coroner. He was one of 10 children and told Roll Call newspaper in 2012: “If you didn’t show up on time for dinner, guess what? You didn’t get anything to eat.” He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and from Louisiana State University’s medical school. He worked as a cardio-thoracic surgeon and was active in civic and political affairs.

When Democrat Chris John ran for the Senate in 2004, Boustany was one of five candidates running to succeed him. The other Republican was David Thibodaux of Lafayette, who had run unsuccessfully for the seat three times. But he raised little money, some party leaders viewed him as too conservative, and Boustany quickly became the Republican favorite. The Democratic front-runners were state Sen. Don Cravins, who was seeking to become the first African-American to hold this seat, and state Sen. Willie Mount.

Boustany raised plenty of money early and campaigned on his “prescription for prosperity”—expansion of health savings accounts, high-speed Internet access for small businesses, and opposition to the Central America Free Trade Agreement. Boustany led the November primary with 39% of the vote, to 25% for Mount, 24.6% for Cravins, and 10% for Thibodaux. In the December runoff, Cravins refused to endorse Mount, still angry over the state Democratic Party’s “unity ballot” sent to black voters, which included Mount’s name and not his. Cravins’ neutrality hurt Mount in the Lafayette area. She pointed to her legislative experience, while Boustany emphasized his “values” agenda. Boustany won 55%-45%.

In the House, Boustany’s voting record has been relatively moderate for a Southern Republican, although he has become more of a loyalist since his party reclaimed the House majority in 2011. He initially opposed the $700 billion Wall Street rescue in 2008 but later switched his vote to “yes.” He has a close relationship with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, which proved helpful to him in early 2009, when he secured a seat on Ways and Means.

The House in February 2012 passed his bill aimed at keeping welfare recipients from spending government-assistance checks at liquor stores, casinos, or strip clubs. He also won committee approval in May of that year of his bill changing a regulation that forced workers to forfeit unused flexible spending account funds at the end of the year. As the only physician on the committee in the 111th Congress (2009-10), Boustany took on a prominent role during the health care debate. With his soft-spoken yet authoritative manner, he became a popular television news guest. He was tapped to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s September 2009 address to Congress on health care and used the opportunity to talk up GOP ideas such as allowing people to cross state lines to buy insurance. He had initially expressed hope that any overhaul could be bipartisan and persuaded Boehner and other leaders to let him work with Ways and Means colleague Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. He later became an adviser to other Republican physicians seeking House seats in 2010, appearing at some of their campaign events and further elevating his national profile.

After the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Boustany and Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, pressed for allowing new drilling in shallower Gulf waters. He also worked with Democrats in 2009 on reducing tax penalties on small businesses that employ tax shelters. Boustany has shifted positions on trade issues depending on how he perceives its impact on his state. He opposed the 2005 Central America Free Trade Agreement but backed later pacts with Colombia, Peru, Panama, and South Korea. His local priorities included more federal funding to restore Louisiana’s eroding coastline and to complete Interstate 49 from Lafayette through Houma to New Orleans. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he enacted initiatives to provide special rules for disaster relief employment for individuals displaced by the storms and to assist the disabled. He pledged that southwest Louisiana would not be “a stepchild” to New Orleans in hurricane recovery.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to recruit Chris John to run for his old seat in 2006 but he declined. With John out of the running, Boustany had an easy race against Democrat Mike Stagg and won 71%-29%. In 2008, he won 62%-34% against state Sen. Don Cravins Jr., the son of Boustany’s 2004 opponent, and in 2010, he was unopposed.

Two years later, however, he was dragged into Louisiana’s messy redistricting effort. The state lost one congressional seat, and the tension of the situation was underscored in April 2011, when fellow Louisiana GOP Rep. John Fleming accused Boustany of backing a plan that could enhance his district while handing Fleming’s seat to a Democrat. But freshman Republican Jeff Landry’s 3rd District ultimately was eliminated, throwing him into Boustany’s and setting up an establishment-versus-tea party fight.

Landry attacked Boustany as a moderate in thrall to the Washington establishment, while the better-funded Boustany portrayed his rival as ineffectual and too prone to missing votes. In the November 6 conditional primary, neither candidate could attain a majority, with Boustany getting 45% of the vote to Landry’s 30%. But in the subsequent December runoff, Boustany coasted to a win with 61%.

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Charles Boustany Election Results
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2012 General (Runoff General)
Charles Boustany (R)
Votes: 58,820
Percent: 60.9%
Jeff Landry (R)
Votes: 37,767
Percent: 39.1%
2012 Primary (Conditional Primary)
Charles Boustany (R)
Votes: 139,123
Percent: 44.68%
Jeff Landry (R)
Votes: 93,527
Percent: 30.04%
Ron Richard (D)
Votes: 67,070
Percent: 21.54%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (unopposed), 2008 (62%), 2006 (71%), 2004 (55%)
Charles Boustany 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 36 (L) : 64 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 31 (L) : 67 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 43 (L) : 57 (C)
Composite 32.0 (L) : 68.0 (C) 13.3 (L) : 86.7 (C) 23.2 (L) : 76.8 (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
LCV113
CFG6678
ITIC-83
NTU7577
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU8392
ADA05
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: N
    • 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: Y
    • 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
    • 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: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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