Bill Cassidy

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Bill Cassidy
Bill Cassidy, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Don Cazayoux
Succeeded by TBD
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 16th district
In office
December 20, 2006 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Jay Dardenne
Succeeded by Dan Claitor
Personal details
Born William Cassidy
(1957-09-28) September 28, 1957 (age 57)
Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Layden
Alma mater Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University, New Orleans
Religion Evangelicalism

William "Bill" Cassidy (born September 28, 1957) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who serves as the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 6th congressional district, serving since 2009. On April 3, 2013, Cassidy announced that he will challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu for re-election in 2014.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Cassidy was born in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago, located in Lake County, Illinois, the son of Elizabeth and James F. Cassidy; he is of Irish and Welsh descent.[1] He received a B.S. degree in 1979 from Louisiana State University and an M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in 1983.[2] Cassidy specialized in the treatment of diseases of the liver at the Earl K. Long Medical Center (LSUMC). His wife is the former Laura Layden, herself a physician. The couple has three children: Will, Meg, and Kate. Cassidy is one of four sons of the late James F. Cassidy, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and an insurance underwriter in Baton Rouge. His mother is Betty Cassidy of Baton Rouge, and his brothers are James F. Cassidy of Randolph, Massachusetts, and David Cassidy and Steve Cassidy, both of Baton Rouge.[3]

In 1998, Cassidy helped found the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic to provide uninsured residents of the greater Baton Rouge area with access to free health care. The Clinic provides low-income families free dental, medical, mental health and vision care through an innovative "virtual" approach that partners needy patients with doctors who provide care free of charge.[4]

Cassidy has also been involved in setting up the non-profit Health Centers in Schools, which provides Hepatitis B and flu vaccinations to children in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.[5][6]

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Cassidy led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to victims of the natural disaster.[7]

Early political career[edit]

Cassidy was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006 as a Republican. Well before entering politics, he had been a Democrat. He supported Michael Dukakis for President in 1988 and donated money to the 1992 presidential campaign of Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas.[8][9] He also donated to Louisiana Democrats Kathleen Blanco for the 2003 gubernatorial election and Mary Landrieu for her 2002 Senate campaign. In 2013, Cassidy called his donation to Landrieu a "youthful indiscretion", saying that she "got elected and fell into partisan politics... Louisiana hasn't left Mary, Mary has left us." He has mostly contributed to Republican candidates, including Senator David Vitter, since 2001. According to Cassidy, he switched parties after the demise of conservative Democrats and due to his frustrations over the bureaucracies and inefficiencies in the public hospital system.[9][10]

On December 9, 2006, Cassidy won a special election for the District 16 seat in the Louisiana Senate. In his first bid for public office, Cassidy defeated veteran State Representative William Daniel, a fellow Republican, and Libertarian candidate S.B. Zaitoon. The election was held to replace Jay Dardenne, who vacated the seat he had held since 1992 upon his election as Louisiana Secretary of State. Cassidy was sworn in on December 20, 2006.[citation needed]

On October 20, 2007, Cassidy was re-elected, this time to a full four-year term in the Louisiana State Senate. Cassidy received 76 percent of the vote against Republican Troy "Rocco" Moreau (15 percent) and Libertarian Richard Fontanesi (9 percent).[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

On November 4, 2008 Cassidy was elected to serve Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Democratic Congressman Don Cazayoux with 48% of the vote.[11]

In the 2010 midterm elections, Cassidy defeated Democrat Merritt E. McDonald of Baton Rouge. Cassidy earned 66% of the vote to win his first re-election campaign.[12]

In the 2012 election, Cassidy was re-elected upon defeating Rufus Holt Craig, Jr., a Libertarian, and Richard Torregano, an Independent. Cassidy received 79% of the vote.[13]

Tenure[edit]

In May 2009, Cassidy partnered with Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA) to introduce legislation that would amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that Members of Congress list their earmark requests on their Congressional websites. Previous earmark reform efforts had focused on disclosure of earmarks that were funded by Congress.[14]

In June 2010, Cassidy introduced the Gulf Coast Jobs Preservation Act to terminate the moratorium on deep water drilling and require the Secretary of the Interior to ensure the safety of deep water drilling operations.[15][16] He has also worked to ensure that money from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund, which was established in the wake of the BP oil spill, is spent on coastal restoration efforts.[17]

In December 2010, Cassidy voted to extend the tax cuts enacted during the administration of President George W. Bush.[18]

Cassidy voted for the Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment of 2011.[19]

In May 2013, Cassidy introduced the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 (H.R. 1582). The bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to submit reports to both the United States Congress and the United States Department of Energy regarding proposed regulation that would have significant compliance costs (an impact of over $1 billion).[20][21] The Department of Energy and Congress would then have the option of stopping or altering the EPA proposal.[20]

In 2013, due to the American Medical Association's decision to officially recognize obesity as a disease, Senators and Representatives, including Cassidy, helped introduce legislation to lower health care costs and prevent chronic diseases by addressing America's growing obesity crisis. As a physician, Cassidy stated that the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act can be a part of the new technologies that were developed to help Americans fight obesity. This legislation would help empower physicians to use all the methods and means to fight the condition.[22]

In June 2013, Cassidy supported a House-passed bill that federally banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.[23]

Cassidy co-sponsored an amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in 2014 to limit annual premium increases for flood insurance, re-instate the flood insurance program's grandfathering provision, and eliminate a provision which required an increase to actuarial levels when a home is sold.[24]

Cassidy was a vocal opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act). Citing his background as a physician in a state-run public hospital, Cassidy argued that the health overhaul advocated by President Barack Obama would fail to lower costs and give too much decision-making authority to the federal government.[25] On September 11, 2014, the House passed legislation sponsored by Cassidy, the Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 3522; 113th Congress), which would enable Americans to keep health insurance policies which do not meet all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.[26]

Cassidy supported the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014 (H.R. 4899; 113th Congress), a bill that would revise existing laws and policies regarding the development of oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.[27] The bill is intended to increase domestic energy production and lower gas prices.[28][29] Cassidy argued that the bill "would allow us to take advantage of our natural resources and expands our energy manufacturing and construction industries."[30]

Committee assignments (113th Congress)[edit]

Caucuses[edit]

Cassidy's membership in Congressional caucuses:[32]

  • Bi-Cameral Congressional Arthritis Caucus
  • Bi-Partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
  • Bi-Partisan, Bi-Cameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Community College Caucus
  • Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus
  • Congressional Biomass Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
  • Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
  • Congressional Chicken Caucus
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Congressional Contaminated Drywall Caucus (CCDC)
  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus
  • Congressional Dyslexia Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Fragile X Caucus
  • Congressional French Caucus
  • Congressional Gulf Coast Caucus
  • Congressional Health Care Caucus
  • Congressional Hearing Health Caucus
  • Congressional International Conservation Caucus
  • Congressional Kidney Caucus
  • Congressional Military Family Caucus
  • Congressional Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
  • Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
  • Congressional National Guard Caucus
  • Congressional Prayer Caucus
  • Congressional Rice Caucus
  • Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Services Caucus
  • Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • Congressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
  • Congressional Transparency Caucus
  • Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
  • GOP Doctors Caucus
  • Mitochondrial Disease Caucus
  • PORTS (Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security) Caucus
  • USO Congressional Caucus
  • House Tea Party Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee

2014 U.S. Senate election[edit]

Cassidy is running for the Senate in 2014, and has been endorsed by Republican Senator David Vitter. Three-term Senator Mary Landrieu holds the seat and is running for re-election.[33]

Electoral history[edit]

United States House of Representatives, 6th District of Louisiana (2012)

General Election, November 6, 2012

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
"Bill" Cassidy Republican 243,553 (79.41%) Elected
Rufus Holt Craig, Jr. Libertarian 32,185 (10.49%) Defeated
Richard Torregano Independent 30,975 (10.10%) Defeated

United States House of Representatives, 6th District of Louisiana (2010)

General Election, November 2, 2010

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
"Bill" Cassidy Republican 138,607 (66%) Elected
Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. Democratic 72,577 (34%) Defeated

United States House of Representatives, 6th District of Louisiana (2008)

General Election, November 4, 2008

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
"Bill" Cassidy Republican 150,332 (48%) Elected
"Don" Cazayoux Democratic 125,886 (40%) Defeated
Michael Jackson No Party 36,198 (12%) Defeated

Louisiana State Senate, District 16 (2007)

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, October 20, 2007

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
"Bill" Cassidy Republican 33,463 (76%) Elected
Troy "Rocco" Moreau Republican 6,781 (15%) Defeated
Richard Fontanesi Libertarian 3,995 (9%) Defeated

Louisiana State Senate, District 16 (2006)

Threshold > 50%

First Ballot, December 9, 2006

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
"Bill" Cassidy Republican 8,394 (58%) Elected
William Daniel Republican 5,472 (38%) Defeated
S.B.A. Zaitoon Libertarian 592 (4%) Defeated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "bill cassidy". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ "CASSIDY, Bill, (1957 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ James F. Cassidy obituary, Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, February 24, 2009
  4. ^ Anderson, Laurie Smith. "Program offers health care for adults without insurance." Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, May 24, 2002, Metro Edition: Page 1C
  5. ^ "Congressman Cassidy Celebrates $500,000 Federal Grant With Ribbon Cutting at Westdale Middle School’s Health Center". East Baton Rouge Parish School System. October 26, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Viral Hepatitis - The Secret Epidemic". US Government Printing Office. June 17, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ruggeri, Amanda (November 4, 2008). "Democratic Trends Don't Help Incumbent in Unusual Three-Way House Race in Louisiana". US News & World Report. 
  8. ^ Ginger Gibson (2013-11-03). "Bill Cassidy tries to unite Louisiana conservatives". Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  9. ^ a b Ginger Gibson (2013-09-20-03). "Cassidy once donated to his rival". Retrieved 2014-05-31.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Cameron Joseph (2013-09-19). "Cassidy donated to Landrieu's first reelection". Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  11. ^ "Louisiana". 2008 Election Results. New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Louisiana 6th District Profile". Election 2010. New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Chatelain, Kim (11-6-2012). "U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy cruises to re-election". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 15 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ "Earmarks should require an itemized receipt". Huffington Post. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  15. ^ "H.R. 5519 (111th)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ Restuccia, Andrew (2010-08-19). "In Louisiana, Candidates Fight For – And Over – Oil Jobs". The Washington Independent. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  17. ^ Blum, Jordan (2013-08-23). "Congressmen spar over BP money". The Advocate. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  18. ^ "To extend Bush tax cuts". The U.S. Congress Votes Database. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Balanced Budget Amendment". The U.S. Congress Votes Database. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "CBO - 1582". United States Congres. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (July 24, 2013). "Energy bills advance with House vote". The Hill. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  22. ^ Gross, Charles (June 19, 2013). "Senators Carper, Murkowski, Representatives Cassidy, Kind Introduce Bill to Help Reduce Obesity". Benzinga. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Abortion becomes issue in Louisiana Senate race". POLITICO. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ Alpert, Bruce (2014-03-12). "Will flood insurance bill get a vote this week?". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  25. ^ Blum, Jordan (2013-05-17). "Cassidy blasts Obamacare". The Advocate. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  26. ^ Marcos, Cristina (2014-09-11). "House ok's Cassidy's 'keep your plan' bill". The Hill. 
  27. ^ "CBO - H.R. 4899". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  28. ^ Marcos, Cristina (26 June 2014). "House passes bill to increase offshore energy projects". The Hill. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  29. ^ Graeber, Daniel J. (27 June 2014). "House measure on gas aimed at lower prices". UPI. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  30. ^ Alpert, Bruce (26 June 2014). "House passes bill to expand production and drop cap on sharing". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Committee Assignments | Congressman Bill Cassidy". Cassidy.house.gov. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  32. ^ "Caucus Memberships | Congressman Bill Cassidy". Cassidy.house.gov. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  33. ^ Deslatte, Melinda (24 August 2013). "Bill Cassidy's ability to oust Mary Landrieu questioned". Shreveport Times. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Don Cazayoux
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th congressional district

2009–present
Succeeded by
TBD
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Sanford
United States Representatives by seniority
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Succeeded by
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