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Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd District

Boustany was the representative for Louisiana’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2016.

He was previously the representative for Louisiana’s 7th congressional district as a Republican from 2005 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Charles Boustany [R-LA3, 2013-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Boustany.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Boustany is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Boustany sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Boustany was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Boustany sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (37%) Health (31%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Social Welfare (5%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Boustany’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Boustany voted Nay

Passed 369/53 on Jul 6, 2016.

The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (Pub.L. 114–195), is a law introduced on March 24, 2015 in the 114th Congress by Representative Christopher Henry ...

Boustany voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Boustany voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Boustany voted Aye

Boustany voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Boustany voted Yea

Boustany voted Yea

Boustany voted Yea

Passed 288/116 on Apr 21, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2016, Boustany missed 183 of 8,880 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: