|Name||Steve J. Scalise|
Metarie, Louisiana , United States
|| October 10, 1965
Oct 24, 2018 07:15pm
|Info||Stephen Joseph "Steve" Scalise is the Representative-elect to the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st congressional district after winning Louisiana's 1st congressional district special election, 2008. Scalise will vacate the Louisiana State Senate seat that he has held only since January 14, 2008. He succeeds Governor Bobby Jindal in the New Orleans suburban 1st Congressional District. Scalise received 33,867 votes (75.13 percent) to Democrat Gilda Reed's 10,142 ballots (22.5 percent). Two minor candidates polled the remaining 2.36 percent of the vote. Reed was a favorite of organized labor and the Democratic constituency groups. The First District has been Republican since 1977, when Bob Livingston won another special election. |
Scalise served three terms from District 82 in the Louisiana House before he was elected in the October 20, 2007, jungle primary to the District 9 seat in the Louisiana State Senate. That position was vacated by the term-limited Ken Hollis of Metairie. Scalise received 19,154 votes (61 percent) in a three-way contest. Fellow Republican Polly Thomas polled 8,948 votes (29 percent). A Democrat, David Gereighty, polled 3,154 votes (10 percent) in the heavily Republican-oriented district. A special election will be held to fill the remaining three and one-half years in Scalise's state Senate term.
Scalise was elected three times to the Louisiana House: 1995, 1999, and 2003. His legislative peers named him to the House Appropriations Committee as the representative of the First Congressional District. Scalise initially succeeded fellow Republican Representative Quentin D. Dastugue, who made an ill-fated bid for governor in the 1995 primary.
Scalise graduated from the Catholic Archbishop Rummel High School and obtained a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, with a major in computer programming and a minor in political science. He hence uses both of his subject areas in his work as a systems analyst and as a state lawmaker.
He is a member of the Seventh Ward Senior Center and the American Italian Renaissance Foundation. He is married to the former Jennifer Letulle (born 1975). The couple has one child, Madison Carol Scalise.
In 2004, Scalise announced that he would run for the U.S. House but thereafter deferred to the preference of party leaders and supported Jindal, who won the position vacated by the successful senatorial candidate, David Vitter.