Steve Scalise will maintain rank in Washington, regardless of Trump or Biden win

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) —Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, has been one of President Donald Trump’s most trusted supporters.

For the past four years, Scalise has come to the president’s defense on numerous occasions. In his role as House minority whip, Scalise was incredibly vocal during Trump’s impeachment, calling the proceedings a political vendetta.

Scalise is up for re-election in Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District and is projected to retain his position. Democrat Lee Ann Dugas and Libertarian Howard Kearney are his challengers.

If Trump were to win re-election, Scalise’s clout in Washington would continue to rise.

“He has been a vocal supporter and defender of the president, which makes him an asset to President Trump,” WDSU political analyst Silas Lee said. “He has proven his loyalty during times of controversy and criticism.”

Even if former Vice President Joe Biden defeated Trump, Lee said Scalise would remain influential in Washington.

“If Biden wins and the (House Democrats) remains in the majority, Steve Scalise will remain minority whip, still influential for him, but still minority,” said Lee. “His biggest assets would be status and influence within the Republican Party.”

“This is a very fluid process. You can be influential one day and not the next,” Lee said. “He is in a very good position because of his seniority and respect of the party.”

Scalise was elected to Congress in 2008 after serving in the Louisiana Legislature from 1996-2008. He was named House majority whip in 2014 and held the post for five years until Democrats gained an advantage in the chamber.

While majority whip, Scalise was vaulted in the debate over gun control when he was critically wounded during a June 2017 shooting while practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. A lobbyist and two congressional staffers were also wounded. Members of Scalise’s security detail returned fire and killed the gunman, James Hodgkinson.

Scalise is a native of Jefferson Parish and Archbishop Rummel graduate. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from LSU.

Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District includes portions of Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne parishes.


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