Cassidy sworn-in to Congress
Three new Louisiana delegates have been sworn in to the House of Representatives of the 111th Congress.
The group includes William “Bill” Cassidy, M.D., a Republican from Baton Rouge, who represents the 6th Congressional District. The northern area of Ascension Parish is included in the greater Baton Rouge district.
Two other Louisiana Republican congressmen, Anh “Joseph” Cao and John Fleming, also joined Congress.
Cassidy and Fleming are both doctors. Cao works as a lawyer.
The admission of Cao marks the first time a Vietnamese American has ever been sworn in to Congress.
Each House member will earn $174,000 a year as part of a recent automatic pay raise, a 2.8 percent increase .
In total, Democrats installed 26 new members, while Republicans welcomed five.
Cassidy replaces Democrat Don Cazayoux, who won a special election to replace Republican Richard H. Baker, who resigned Feb. 2, 2008. Baker took over the seat in 1987.
Cassidy defeated Cazayoux in his first bid for re-election, just six months after he first won the seat.
Louisiana’s House delegation now has only one Democrat, Charlie Melancon of Napoleonville.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was sworn into her third six-year term.
Representing the rest of Louisiana’s congressional delegation are Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, and Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette; Rodney Alexander of Quitman; and Steve Scalise of Metairie.