At a Glance
- Career History: Louisiana state Senate (January 2008-May 2008), Louisiana state House (1996-2007), system analyst
- Birthday: October 6, 1965
- Residence: Jefferson, Louisiana
- Alma Mater: B.A., Louisiana State University
- Spouse: Jennifer Letulle Scalise
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Committees: House Energy and Commerce Committee
- DC Office: 429 Cannon House Office Building: (202) 225-3015
- District Offices: Metairie: (504) 837-1259; Mandeville: (985) 893-9064; Hammond: (985) 340-2185
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Path To Power
After graduating from Louisiana Stave University with a degree in computer programming, Scalise worked on technology development for the Naval Reserve. He launched his political career in 1995, easily winning an open seat in the Louisiana House. During the campaign, he positioned himself as an outsider focused on restoring ethics and called for jail terms for public officials who violate ethic rules.
In Congress, Scalise has emerged as a sharp critic of President Obama who doesn't hesitate to use strong rhetoric to denounce what he sees as Democrats' dangerous agenda. "If the liberal Democratic leadership gets their way, I think they could destroy our country," he has said.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, he lamented John McCain's decision not to invoke the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the presidential race ("I think there are a lot of things he's leaving on the table," he said). Since Obama's victory, he has hammered the Obama administration on issues like the appointment of special advisers known as czars; he criticized the fact that these advisers were not confirmed by the Senate and introduced legislation to eliminate them.
Scalise is a member of the Tea Party Caucus, formed by Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.).
He has also developed more unexpected friendships with Democratic lawmakers, some of them liberal. These include Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), with whom Scalise held an oyster-eating contest to celebrate Washington Mardi Gras.