Charles Boustany

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Charles Boustany
Rep. Charles Boustany.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jeff Landry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Chris John
Succeeded by District abolished
Personal details
Born Charles William Boustany, Jr.
(1956-02-21) February 21, 1956 (age 58)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bridget Edwards Boustany
Relations Uncle-by-marriage Edwin W. Edwards
Children Erik Boustany
Ashley Joan Boustany Dugal
Parents Charles Boustany, Sr., and Madlyn Ackal Boustany
Residence Lafayette, Louisiana
Alma mater University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans

Occupation Surgeon
Religion Episcopalian

Charles William Boustany, Jr. (/bʊˈstæni/; born February 21, 1956), is the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 3rd congressional district, serving in Congress since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district, numbered as the 7th District from 2005 to 2013, is located in the southwestern portion of the state and includes Lafayette and Lake Charles.

Early life, education, and medical career[edit]

Boustany was born in Lafayette, the son of Madlyn M. (née Ackal) and Charles W. Boustany, Sr., M.D. (1930–2009); his paternal grandparents, Alfred Frem Boustany and the former Florida Saloom, were immigrants from Lebanon.[1] His maternal grandparents were also Lebanese.[2] In 2006, he was one of four Arab-American members of Congress.[3]

The senior Boustany, a Democrat, served for sixteen years as coroner of Lafayette Parish. Congressman Boustany has nine siblings: James Boustany, Jon Boustany, Ron Boustany, Dr. Stella Boustany Noel, Terese Reggie, Kathryn Scurlock, Madlyn Juneau, Adele Weber, and Cheryn Eppley.[4] He is also a cousin of Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.[5]

Boustany, Jr., attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans.. He is a retired cardiovascular surgeon, who completed his residency in Rochester, New York before returning to Louisiana to take a job at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2004

In 2004, incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Chris John of Louisiana's 7th congressional district decided to retire in order to run for the U.S. Senate. John had held the district for eight years without serious difficulty, even though it had been trending increasingly Republican at the national level. Boustany jumped into the race with another Republican, the late David Thibodaux of Lafayette, Democratic state senator Willie Mount of Lake Charles and Democratic state representative Don Cravins, Jr. of Opelousas. In the open primary election, Boustany ranked first with 39 percent, with Mount garnering 25 percent for second place.[6] Under Louisiana's nonpartisan blanket primary system, in the event no candidate wins a "50 percent plus one vote" total, a runoff is conducted between the two top candidates, regardless of party.

Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned on behalf of Boustany. In the December 4 run-off election, Boustany defeated Mount 55-45 percent.[7] He became only the second Republican to represent the district, the first having been Jimmy Hayes, who switched from Democratic affiliation in 1995.

2006

Proving just how Republican this district had become, Boustany won re-election to a second term with 71 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Mike Stagg, despite the national tide that favored Democratic congressional nominees.[8]

2008

Boustany won re-election to a third term defeating Cravins, now a state senator, 62-34 percent.[9]

2010

Boustany won re-election to a fourth term unopposed.[10]

2012

After Louisiana lost a district in redistricting, most of Boustany's territory became the 3rd District. He faced freshman fellow Republican and 3rd District incumbent Jeff Landry of New Iberia. Although the district was numerically Landry's district, it was geographically and demographically more Boustany's district. Indeed, the new 3rd contained almost two-thirds of Boustany's former territory, while Landry retained only the western third of his former district.

Endorsed by the interest group, Citizens United, Landry led Boustany in third-quarter 2011 fundraising, $251,000 to $218,000. According to Federal Election Commission, Boustany led in cash-on-hand lead, $1.1 million-$402,000.[11] In addition to Boustany and Landry, a third Republican, state Representative Chris Leopold of Plaquemines Parish, announced through Facebook his candidacy for the seat,[12] but he never filed.

The Boustany-Landry race attracted most of the political attention in Louisiana in 2012, as it was seen as pitting an establishment Republican against a candidate identifying with the Tea Party. Though most politicians shunned involvement in the heated race, but Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Michael G. Strain endorsed Boustany, who he described as particularly helpful to the agricultural sector while serving as a U.S. representative. Landry, meanwhile, carried the backing of most of the Republican parish executive committees in the district.[13] Landry also was endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum political action committee.[14]

In the November 6 election, technically a nonpartisan blanket primary for Congress, Boustany led Landry by 45,596 votes. In a five-candidate field, Boustany received 139,123 votes (44.7 percent); Landry received 93,527 votes (30 percent). Democrat Ron Richard procured the critical 67,070 votes (21.5 percent). The remaining 7,908 votes (2.5 percent) and 3,765 ballots (1.2 percent) were cast, respectively, for Republican Bryan Barrilleaux and the Libertarian Jim Stark. Because no candidate received a majority, Boustany and Landry met in a runoff contest held on December 8.[15]

Boustany won the runoff election against Landry with 58,820 votes (60.90 percent). He had large margins in seven of the ten parishes in the district, particularly in Acadia, Calcasieu, and Lafayette but lost the three parishes that Landry represents, St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary.[16]

Tenure[edit]

Boustany's plan for reinvigorating the economy of his district is known as the Prescription for Prosperity.[17]

Representative Boustany presented the Republican response to President Barack H. Obama's joint address to Congress on Wednesday September 9, 2009.

Boustany was the sponsor of H.R. 1173, the Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011. The bill would repeal title VIII of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which established a voluntary long-term care insurance program. It passed the house 267-159 on February 1, 2012[18] but was never passed by the Senate.

In 2013, Boustany was a sponsor of the United States farm bill, where Representative showed support for the five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill. However, the bill was rejected 234-195 in votes, with sixty-two Republicans voting against.[19]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Boustany's wife, the former Bridget Edwards, is a daughter of the late Acadia Parish assistant district attorney Nolan Edwards (1930-1983) of Crowley and Eleanor Merrill of Longboat Key, Florida, who remarried after Nolan was shot to death in his law office by a disgruntled client.[20][21] Bridget Boustany is hence a paternal niece of Democratic former Governor Edwin Washington Edwards.[22]

Boustany purchased a bogus European title from fraudsters Achilleas Kallakis and Alex Williams. The fraud was uncovered, however, and Kallakis and Williams were convicted in 1995 of selling bogus titles to wealthy Americans.[23]

The Boustanys have two children, Erik Boustany and Ashley Joan Boustany Dugal[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Obituary of Charles Boustany, Sr., M.D.". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Crowley native, wife of Kennedy at center of national spotlight". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=4774
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=139350
  8. ^ Boustany secured a second term with 71 percent of vote, The Daily Advertiser
  9. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387977
  10. ^ Unopposed Candidates in Acadiana, KATC.com
  11. ^ http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/1111/Citizens_United_goes_all_in_for_Landry_.html?showall
  12. ^ "Chris Leopold for Congress". facebook.com. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jordan Blum, "Boustany gets Strain's support"". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Candidates endorsed by Eagle Forum PAC, October 31, 2012". eagleforum.org. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Louisiana election returns, November 6, 2012". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Louisiana election returns, December 8, 2012". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.charlesboustany.com/site3.php
  18. ^ "The Library of Congress- Thomas". 
  19. ^ Weston, Elona (June 20, 2013). "Louisiana officials weigh in on farm bill’s failure". KPLC. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Boustany, Dugal to unite in holy matrimony, May 2011". Crowley Post Signal. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Former client kills self, ex-governor's brother in Louisiana". Lakeland Ledger, Lakeland, Florida, August 19, 1983. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  22. ^ Jim Brown, "Internal Republican Battles Affect La. Congressional Races" from Jim Brown's Journal.
  23. ^ *Serial fraudster known as the Don who posed as property tycoon to mastermind Britain's biggest ever mortgage con worth £750MILLION is jailed for seven years, Daily Mail, January 17, 2013
  24. ^ "Boustany Dugal exchange vows at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church".

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chris John
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th congressional district

2005 – 2013
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Jeff Landry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Barrow
D-Georgia
United States Representatives by seniority
171st
Succeeded by
Emanuel Cleaver
D-Missouri