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U.S. Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D.
(R), Baton Rouge

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a lifelong public servant. He is a physician, a teacher, a community leader, father, and husband.

As an associate professor of medicine with Louisiana State University, Bill has provided care for uninsured patients and taught doctors in training at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for the last twenty years.

In addition to his work at Earl K. Long, Bill co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free health care to the working uninsured through an innovative virtual approach that partners needy patients with doctors who provide care free of charge. Bill has also pioneered school-based public health programs to vaccinate children against Hepatitis B. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.

Raised in Baton Rouge, Bill is the fourth son of Jim and Betty Cassidy. He attended Tara High School, LSU, and LSU Medical School. His father sold life insurance. His brothers are Jim, David, and Steve.

He met his wife, Laura Layden Cassidy, during his medical training. Laura is also a physician. She was formerly the Chief of Surgery at Earl K. Long Hospital and later entered private practice treating breast cancer. Bill and Laura attend church at Chapel On The Campus. They have three children, Will, Meg, and Kate.

Before his election to serve Louisiana’s Sixth District in the House Representatives, Bill served in the Louisiana State Senate. In the Louisiana Senate, Bill helped pass a sweeping ethics reform package, opposed efforts to give state lawmakers a pay raise, and sponsored legislation to ensure an equitable distribution of health care resources for uninsured Louisiana patients statewide.

In the U.S. House, Bill serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee and its subcommittees on Health; Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; and Environment and the Economy. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee and serves as an Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference.

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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