|Stephen Joseph "Steve" Scalise|
Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives
|Assumed office |
August 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Kevin McCarthy|
U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district
|Assumed office |
May 3, 2008
|Preceded by||Bobby Jindal|
Louisiana State Senator for District 9
January 14, 2008 – May 6, 2008
|Preceded by||Jesse Kendrick "Ken" Hollis, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Conrad Henry Appel, III|
Louisiana State Representative for District 82
January 8, 1996 – January 14, 2008
|Preceded by||Quentin Dastugue|
|Succeeded by||John Cameron Henry, Jr.|
|Born|| October 6, 1965|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Letulle Scalia|
|Alma mater||Louisiana State University|
Stephen Joseph Scalise, known as Steve Scalise (born October 6, 1965), is the Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives, a position of leadership in Congress. He is a conservative Republican who represents the 1st congressional district of his native Louisiana. A graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Scalise previously served from 1996 to 2008 in the Louisiana House of Representatives and for five months in 2008 as a state senator. He won the special election in 2008 to succeed then Governor-elect Bobby Jindal to fill Louisiana's 1st congressional district seat.
He was shot by a liberal gunman who ambushed him and other congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, in June 2017. Rep. Scalise was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries in intensive care. The shooting was likely done in an attempt to prevent his investigation of human trafficking.[Citation Needed] On June 20, 2017, Bono gave a "shout out" of support for recuperation by Representative Scalise during a U2 concert held at the nearby stadium where the Washington Redskins play football. Rep. Scalise expressed his gratitude. The shooting strengthened Scalise's pro-2nd Amendment position, and he opposed enacting any gun control measures after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, accusing the Democrats of trying to create a slippery slope in which gun rights are slowly eroded.
On March 10, 2018, Scalise was among the nine latest inductees into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame, based in Winnfield. However, the induction ceremony was held in New Orleans, where many of those inducted reside.
- Marcos, Cristina (October 3, 2017). Scalise: Shooting 'fortified' my view on gun rights. The Hill. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- Pandey, Erica (October 8, 2017). Scalise opposes new gun control laws. Axios. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
- O'Brien, Connor (October 8, 2017). Scalise criticizes 'rush to judgment' on guns, bump stocks. Politico. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
- Bowden, John (October 5, 2017). Scalise: 'Little bit early' for Congress to ban bump stocks. The Hill. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
- Hawkins, Awr (October 8, 2017). Rep. Steve Scalise: Dems Trying to Create ‘Slippery Slope’ via Bump Stock Gun Control. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
- Drew Broach (November 17, 2017). Meet the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on March 10, 2018.