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William 'Bill' Cassidy
Birthdate: Sept. 28, 1957
Birth Place: Highland Park, IL, United States
Residence: Baton Rouge, LA
First Elected: 2008
District: District 6
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Graduate: Louisiana State University
Bill Cassidy was born in Highland Park, Ill., and raised in Baton Rouge, La., where he now resides. He earned a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from Louisiana State University.
Cassidy is a physician who teaches at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. He co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, which provides free health care to the working uninsured.
Cassidy was elected to the Louisiana Senate in 2006. He was elected to Congress in 2008.
He and wife, Laura, have three children.
Bill Cassidy has joined fellow Republicans in criticizing President Barack Obama's fiscal and health care policies.
A physician, Cassidy blasted the 2010 health care reform bill, which he voted against. He has been very visible attacking the bill in the national media. He has voted to repeal the law and has introduced his own model for redesigning the nation's health care system. He called the June 2012 Supreme Court Decision upholding the legislation "unfortunate."
Cassidy also was a loud critic of the Obama administration's moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. He proposed an amendment to do away with the moratorium but it failed in the House.
He said the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by Obama was overloaded with spending that would not improve the economy and he compared it to a doctor treating a heart condition by severing the patient's leg.
However, when he ran for office, Cassidy supported the final version of the 2008 $700 billion bailout for the financial industry, passed during President George W. Bush's administration. At the time, he said he supported the bailout because it contained some tax relief for hurricane victims, and he said government needed to step in to prevent further damage to the economy.
He has vowed to help Louisiana's oil and gas industry by pushing for more domestic drilling, both offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and shale deposits in the western United States.
He has campaigned in favor of gun rights and lower taxes. He is opposed to abortion and gay marriage.
Source: Associated Press
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