Path to Power
Born in 1956 in New Orleans, Boustany was born into a family with a long history of serving southwest Louisiana. His father worked as a general practice doctor and later would serve 14 years as Lafayatte Parish coroner. Boustany's wife, Bridget, is the niece of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.
A graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Louisiana State University's medical school, Boustany would work as a surgeon for 22 years. He would practice surgery within the university system before working for Lousiana's charity hospitals. After a stint practicing heart surgery in Rochester, N.Y., he would return to Lafayette, La., and open his own practice.
A reliable Republican vote, Boustany joined the majority of his party 96 percent of the time during the 111th Congress.
Boustany backed a 2010 Republican moratorium on earmark requests, saying the process had become a symbol of "Washington spending being out of control."
Boustany has become a key ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The two met during Boustany's 2004 campaign. Initially placed on the Education and Workforce Committee that Boehner chaired, Boustany would be a key ally of Boehner's successful 2006 bid to become the majority leader. Boehner would later reward Boustany with a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Boustany is a member of the Republican Doctors Caucus, which is chaired by Reps. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.). Fellow Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy is also a member.