William Cassidy (R-La.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2009)

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Why He Matters

Cassidy was one of the few bright spots for House Republicans in November 2008 when he retook Louisiana's 6th district, an historically GOP area that was in Democratic hands for the six months leading up to the election. He won his 2nd term easily against a Democrat who raised little money.

A physician with a history of providing care to the uninsured, Cassidy was vocal in his opposition to the Democrats' 2010 health-care reform plan and offered his share of alternatives.

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Rep. Bill Cassidy slips into doctor mode on flight

The congresssman uses his medical skills during a commute to Washington.

The most endangered Senate Democrat is touting her Washington ties. Why that’s smart.

(Melina Mara/TWP / TWP)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) reminds voters she is the new head of the Senate Energy Committee.

Senate Majority PAC’s nonsensical attack ad in Louisiana

Democrats strain to connect a lawmaker to the Kochs without mentioning he fought them on the issue highlighted in the ad.


AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation

(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Captured on tape kissing another man’s wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he’s only held since November.

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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
  • Web site

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.

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The Issues

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.

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The Network

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.).

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Additional Resources

  1. Cassidy, Bill, "Obama should take long view on spill" Politico, June 10, 2010
  2. Miller, Sean J., "Coakley's Election Day scramble" The Hill, Jan. 19, 2010
  3. Millhollon, Michelle, "Jindal flexing muscles to help GOP campaigns" Baton Rouge Advocate, Oct. 4, 2008
  4. OpenSecrets.org
  5. Shields, Gerard, "6th District candidates weigh in on war, Wall Street, tax issues" Baton Rouge Advocate, Oct. 17, 2008
  6. Keller, Lanny, "Democrat rift unveiled by Jackson's run" Baton Rouge Advocate, Oct. 16, 2008
  7. "Israeli Blockade Exists Because It Must" June 11, 2010
  8. Chacko, Sarah, "Cassidy wants stations to pull Social Security ad" Baton Rouge Advocate, Sept. 25, 2008
  9. Cassidy, Bill, "Halt Pelosi health bill, Cassidy says" Baton Rouge Advocate, Nov. 5, 2009 h
  10. Tilove, Jonathan, "La. lawmakers hope Obama talks about Gulf drilling jobs" The Times-Picayune, Jan. 25, 2011
  11. "Washington Post Votes Database"
  12. "Cassidy: 'Let's repeal this law, and pass real reform.'" Press Release, Jan. 19, 2011
  13. Shea, Dan, "2 doctors weigh in on health reform" The Times-Picayune, Jan. 1, 2009
  14. Chacko, Sarah and Jordan Blum, "Cassidy wins 6th District over Cazayoux" Baton Rouge Advocate, Nov. 5, 2008
  15. "Dr. Bill Cassidy"
  16. "Cassidy: Cap & Trade Means Fewer Jobs, Weaker Economy" June 26, 2009
  17. "Cassidy, Speier Introduce Earmark Transparency Act" May 11, 2010
  18. Shields, Gerard, "6th District candidates weigh in on war, Wall Street, tax issues" Baton Rouge Advocate, Oct. 17, 2008
  19. Tilove, Jonathan, "Officials push Obama to speed offshore permits" The Times-Picayune, Feb. 19, 2011
  20. Shields, Gerard, "Cassidy Proposes New Panel" The Advocate, July 19, 2010
  21. Shields, Gerard, "Cassidy not seeking earmarks; others do" Baton Rouge Advocate, April 11, 2009
  22. Shields, Gerard, "Obama completes deal" The Advocate, Dec. 18, 2010