James McCrery

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Jim McCrery served the 4th Congressional district of Louisiana from 1989-2008

James O. McCrery, III was a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing the 4th District of Louisiana from 1989-2008. (map)


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 96 - 24/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 5 - 1/20 5 - 1/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 85 - 17/20 not avail.

Iraq War

McCrery voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Advocate Article

In 1992, the Advocate magazine, a publication aimed at the gay and lesbian community, featured a cover story on McCrery that quoted a Dallas teacher. The teacher claimed he formerly had a relationship with McCrery and accused him of pandering to his conservative constituents by opposing gay rights. The magazine cited his support of anti-gay legislation as justification of his outing.

The article did little damage to his political career, and McCrery denied allegations made during the 1988 and 1992 campaigns that he is a homosexual.[1]


He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on September 18, 1949. He was educated at Louisiana State University and was a lawyer and staff member for Representative Buddy Roemer before entering the House.

According to USA Today, "McCrery boast[ed] a role in shaping President Bush's tax cut bills and a measure granting prescription drug benefits for seniors... McCrery opposes abortion and supported the death penalty... The liberal Americans for Democratic Action gave McCrery's 2003 voting record 5 points out of 100; the American Conservative Union gave him 88 points."[2]

2006 elections

In 2006, McCrery won reelection, garnering 58% of the vote, compared to the 17% of his closest competitor. [3]

2008 Retirement

McCrery announced in a statement on December 7, 2007 he would not seek re-election in 2008. The ten-term congressman reportedly thought of not seeking reelection in 2004 because of family reasons. However, he did seek another term after he sold his Louisiana house and moved his family to the Washington, D.C. area. In June 2007 he announced that he planned to move his family back to Shreveport, Louisiana.[2]

In the statement, McCrery explained his decision to retire as his inability to chair the House Ways and Means Committee and the time spent in Washington away from his family. McCrery explained, "Chairman (Charles) Rangel (D-N.Y.) and I have developed a very good working relationship and we have had some success in developing bipartisan solutions, specifically in the area of trade. But on tax reform, Medicare and healthcare reform, and Social Security reform, our best efforts have come to naught."[3]

Reps. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) and David Camp (R-Mich.) are the next Republicans in the seniority in the Ways and means Committee. McCrery had over $960,000 on hand in his personal savings account and over $323,000 in his PAC.[4]

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on James McCrery. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2104 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1804
Phone: 202-225-2777
Fax: 202-225-8039
Web Email

District Office- Leesville:
Southgate Plaza Shopping Center
1606 South Fifth Street
Leesville, LA 71446
Phone: 337-238-0778
Fax: 337-238-0566

District Office- Shreveport:
6425 Youree Drive, Suite 350
Shreveport, LA 71105
Phone: 318-798-2254

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