At a Glance
- Career History: Louisiana Senate (2006-2008); Physician
- Birthday: Sept. 28, 1957
- Hometown: Chicago, Ill., but raised in Baton Rouge, La.
- Alma Mater: Louisiana State University, B.A., 1978 and M.D., 1983
- Spouse: Laura
- Religion: Christian
- Committees: House Agriculture ; Natural Resources ; Education and Labor
- DC Office: 506 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-3901
- District Offices: Baton Rouge.202-225-929-7711
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Path to Power
Born in Chicago in 1957, Cassidy was raised in Baton Rouge, La., where his father worked as a life-insurance salesman.
Cassidy attended Louisiana State University, earning his bachelor's in 1979 and his medical degree in 1983. During medical training he met his wife, a physician who once served as the chief of surgery at Earl K. Long Hospital, where Cassidy practiced and taught for 20 years.
During the 111th Congress, Cassidy voted with his party 94 percent of the time.
Cassidy backed the December 2010 compromise bill renewing Bush-era tax cuts as well as funding for unemployment insurance.
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) was active behind the scenes during Cassidy's 2008 campaign, dispensing advice on pollsters, hosting private fundraisers and phoning national GOP figures.
In January 2010, Cassidy organized Baton Rouge phone banks to help Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.), who was successfully running a special Senate election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).