Congressman Steve Scalise has represented Louisiana’s First Congressional District since May of 2008, when he was elected to Governor Jindal’s vacated Congressional seat in a special election.
As the House Majority Whip, Scalise is the third most ranking member in Republican leadership. He is a strong conservative who advocates for the principles of fiscal discipline, lower taxes, a comprehensive national energy strategy, a strong national defense, and traditional American values.
Previously, he was elected Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of more than 170 conservative members of the House. He sits on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee.
A steadfast defender of Louisiana’s coast, Scalise led the effort in the House to pass the RESTORE Act. The RESTORE Act was signed into law in 2012 and dedicates BP Clean Water Act fines to the Gulf Coast as Louisiana works to fully restore our coastal ecosystems in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Act is widely regarded as the single most significant action taken to restore Louisiana’s coast in our history.
A native of Jefferson Parish, Scalise served in the State Legislature for 12 years prior to being elected to Congress. He went to Louisiana State University where he earned a Computer Science degree and minored in Political Science. Scalise is married to the former Jennifer Letulle and they have two children, Madison and Harrison.