Dr. Charles W.
7th Congressional District
On December 4, 2004, Charles Boustany, Jr.,
a Lebanese-American, made
history when he became the first Republican to
win Louisiana’s 7th Congressional District
seat. The retired heart surgeon is honored to
represent the great people of southwest
Louisiana in the 109th Congress.
Born on February 21, 1956, Charles was raised in
Lafayette, LA. He and his wife Bridget met on
the campus of the University of Southwestern
Louisiana (now The University of Louisiana –
Lafayette). They have two children – Erik and
Ashley. Charles graduated from Cathedral Carmel
High School and received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Southwestern
Louisiana (UL-Lafayette) in 1978.
He continued his education at Louisiana State
University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA
where he received his Doctorate of Medicine in
1982. As part of his training, Charles served
as a general surgery resident in Louisiana
Charity Hospital System and then moved on to
become the Chief Resident in Thoracic and
Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of
Rochester in Rochester, NY. Upon completion of
his residency in 1990, Charles chose to return
to his native southwest Louisiana and began one
of the most successful practices in the state.
For fourteen years, he was committed to helping
others by providing the highest quality
healthcare possible to his patients and his
In addition to caring for thousands of patients
in his years of practice, Charles has also
established himself as one of southwest
Louisiana’s most civic-minded citizens. He has
served on the Board of Directors for the Greater
Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 2001, and the
Executive Board of Greater Lafayette Chamber of
Commerce as Vice President for Government
Affairs in 2002. In 2000, he served as
president of the Lafayette Parish Medical
Society. In 1996, Charles won an at-large seat
on the Lafayette Parish Republican Executive
Committee and served through 2001. He was named
the Vice-Chairman of Bush-Cheney Victory 2000
Campaign for Lafayette Parish.
As a member of the United States House of
Representatives, Rep. Boustany is committed to
improving healthcare, creating economic
opportunity, and protecting southwest Louisiana
values and way of life.
Upon arriving in Washington, D.C., Charles was
named to the House Committees on Transportation
and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce,
and Agriculture. His committee assignments put
him in an excellent position to make an
immediate impact for his district.
As a member of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee, he serves on the Water
Resources and Environment and the Coast Guard
and Maritime Transportation Subcommittees. He
was named as Vice-chairman of the Water
Resources Subcommittee which has jurisdiction
over the reauthorization of the Water Resources
and Development Act. This legislation is vital
to restoring Louisiana’s disappearing coastline.
Under the Committee on Education and the
Workforce, Charles serves on the Subcommittees
on 21st Century Competitiveness and
Employer-Employee Relations. In this capacity,
he lends a professional medical perspective on
the importance of expanding healthcare coverage
for owners and employees of small businesses
through association health plans.
Charles is committed to fighting for the farmers
and rural communities of southwest Louisiana as
a member of the House Committee on Agriculture.
With his position on the Subcommittee on
Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and
Research, he works to promote rural development
and ag extension services; and with his position
on the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities
and Risk Management, he has direct jurisdiction
over programs that benefit key crops such as
rice and soybeans.
Dr. Charles Boustany is proud to work for the
people of southwest Louisiana. He will serve
them with the same dedication and care that he
has provided as a physician and civic leader.