Charles Boustany

Charles Boustany
The Honorable
Charles William Boustany, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Chris John
Personal details
Born February 21, 1956 (1956-02-21) (age 55)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bridget Boustany
Children Erik and Ashley
Residence Lafayette, Louisiana
Alma mater University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana State University
Occupation Surgeon
Religion Episcopalian

Charles William Boustany, Jr. (pronounced /bʊˈstæni/; born February 21, 1956) is the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 7th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party.


Early life, education and career

Boustany was born in Lafayette to the former Madlyn M. 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] 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.[2]

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. Boustany is a heart 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

Committee assignments

Boustany's plan for reinvigorating the economy of his district is known as the Prescription for Prosperity.[3]

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

Political campaigns

Boustany won an open race in 2004, when Christopher "Chris" John, the incumbent Democrat, did not seek re-election in order to run for the U.S. Senate. Boustany, another Republican (the late David Thibodaux of Lafayette) and two Democrats vied for the House seat.

In the primary election, Boustany won 39 percent, with the next highest vote-getter being Democratic State Senator Willie Landry Mount, the former mayor of Lake Charles, who received 25 percent. 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.

In the resulting December 4 runoff election, in which then Vice President Dick Cheney campaigned on behalf of Boustany, the Republican prevailed, 55 percent to 45 percent for Willie Mount. He became only the second Republican to represent the district, the first being Jimmy Hayes (who switched from the Democrats in 1995).

In the Louisiana House elections of 2006, Boustany won with 71 percent of the vote, handily defeating Democrat Mike Stagg despite the national tide that favored Democratic congressional nominees.[4]


Boustany was reelected over Don Cravins, Jr., and Peter Vidrine.


Boustany was unopposed in 2010.[5]

Personal life

His wife, Bridget Edwards Boustany, is a niece of former Democratic Governor Edwin Washington Edwards.[6]


External links

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

United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Dan Boren
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Russ Carnahan

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