Washington Mardi Gras - January 27, 2018
A native of Jefferson Parish, Congressman Steve Scalise serves his colleagues as House Majority Whip and represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana, which stretches from the New Orleans suburbs to the north shores of Lake Pontchartrain to the vibrant bayous and wetlands of south Louisiana.
As the House Majority Whip, Steve is the third highest ranking member in Republican leadership. He is a strong conservative leader who advocates for the principles of fiscal discipline, a comprehensive national energy strategy, a strong national defense, and traditional American values. Through his previous experiences on the House Whip Team and as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Steve developed a proven formula to pass effective legislation that unites his colleagues.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Steve has emerged as a leader in Congress in pushing for a strong national energy strategy that increases the supply of American energy while reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. He has played a key role on the committee fighting for policies to create jobs and grow a healthy economy, holding Washington accountable to make it work for the American people, and protecting families and communities from heavy-handed Washington regulations.
During his time as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus of more than 170 members in the House, he coalesced Members around a unified conservative vision. Steve championed a free-market, patient-centered Obamacare alternative that gained the support of 130 House Members. He also introduced legislation that promotes job creation and economic growth, established an RSC national defense working group, released a conservative budget that would balance in four years, and crafted bills that protect constitutionally-guaranteed rights, like freedom of speech, from unelected Washington bureaucrats.
Steve’s commitment to service began early as he was twice elected Speaker of Louisiana State University’s Student Government Association. As a student at LSU, Steve earned a Computer Science degree and minored in Political Science. He was a member of the Louisiana House and the Louisiana Senate for 12 years prior to being elected to Congress.
Steve is proud of the Mystic Krewe of Louisianians' legacy of bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras and celebration of Louisiana's rich heritage to Washington D.C. He was honored to celebrate Louisiana's history and bicentennial as the 2012 Washington Mardi Gras Chairman with his King Tommy Cvitanovich and Queen Jayne Champagne McMath. Steve now looks forward to serving as the Captain of the Mystic Krewe of Louisianians and the Chairman of the 69th Washington DC Mardi Gras.
Steve is married to the former Jennifer Letulle. He is the proud father of two children, Madison and Harrison. He and his family reside in Jefferson, Louisiana.