Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, was first elected to Congress in December 2004 Serving his second term in office, Boustany represents LouisianaÃ¯Â¿Â½s Seventh Congressional District, which covers Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana Boustany has championed healthcare reform, sound energy policy and hurricane recovery with time-proven solutions for all Americans.
As a physician, Congressman Boustany understands the importance of healthcare and is at the forefront of healthcare policy in Congress He believes the patient-doctor relationship is the most important part of healthcare and has worked to implement patient-centered healthcare solutions Increased access to tax-free health savings accounts (HSAs) represent one opportunity for patients to strengthen their control over their healthcare decisions, and Boustany introduced legislation allowing seniors and veterans to participate.
Much of AmericaÃ¯Â¿Â½s energy flows through Southwest Louisiana, and Congressman Boustany promotes responsible American energy production to help the American economy prosper Agri-based energy alternatives and American ingenuity are a critical part of fulfilling the nationÃ¯Â¿Â½s energy demands.
Boustany is a member of three House Committees- Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Labor and Agriculture.
Through these Committees, Boustany directed legislation critical to Southwest LouisianaÃ¯Â¿Â½s recovery effort, including the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that authorized more than $1.7 billion for Louisiana infrastructure projects In addition, Congressman Boustany continues to work towards a new Farm Bill to provide stability for LouisianaÃ¯Â¿Â½s farmers and ranchers He also served on the Head Start Reauthorization Conference Committee to mediate differences between the House and Senate on priorities for the early education program.
Congressman Boustany was raised in Lafayette and graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1982 He returned to Lafayette in 1990 and began a successful medical practice For fourteen years, he ran a small business and committed to helping others by providing the highest quality healthcare to his patients and the community In Congress, Congressman Boustany is committed to serving the people of Southwest Louisiana with the same dedication and care that he provided as a physician and community leader.
Charles and his wife Bridget reside in Lafayette and have two adult children.