Former Charles Melancon
Democrat • 3 Terms • Sworn In 2005
- 20 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 160 of 430) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 141 of 430)
- 230 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 344 of 436) 11 Made Into Law (Ranks 303 of 436)
Melancon was born October 3, 1947 in Napoleonville, Louisiana. Melancon owned and operated several small businesses (including two Baskin Robbins) before winning a 1987 special election for the Louisiana House of Representatives. After serving 2 more terms, he headed the American Sugar Cane League from 1993 to 2004.
Melancon decided to run for the U.S. House when Billy Tauzin announced his retirement. Considered an underdog for much of the race, he managed to squeak into a runoff due to an especially ugly intraparty battle between Republican candidates Billy Tauzin III (the incumbent's son) and Craig Romero. In the runoff campaign, Melancon repeatedly hammered away at Tauzin III's youth, inexperience, criminal record, and family ties (many members of both major parties resented Tauzin's status as frontrunner for the seat solely because his father was the incumbent). Due to the attacks, makeup of the district, and Romero's refusal to endorse Tauzin, Melancon eked out a victory of about 600 votes. Read More...
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Recent Voting History
H.R. 847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009
On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment: H R 847 James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation ActAbstain (against party)December 22, 2010
H.R. 6547: Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: H R 6547 Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators ActAbstain (against party)December 21, 2010
H.R. 3082: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010
On Motion to Concur in the Senate amendment to House amendment to Senate amendment: H R 3082 Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposesAbstain (against party)December 21, 2010