Congressman Steve Scalise has been shot, Fox News reported on Tuesday.
This occurred at a Congressional basketball practice in which an unidentified shooter apparently open fired. Information about the shooting is still in its early stages, and a lot of questions remain unanswered.
So who exactly is Congressman Steve Scalise? Here’s what you need to know about him.
1. He Has Represented Louisiana Since 2008 & Is the House Majority Whip
Congressman Steve Scalise was elected to represent Louisiana in 2008. Before running for Congress, he had served in the Louisiana state senate.
Scalise was elected in a special election to replace Bobby Jindal, who resigned from office in order to run for governor. He won re-election to his position last year.
In addition, Scalise serves as the House Majority Whip. He was elected to this position by his Republican colleagues in 2014.
2. He Is a Supporter of Donald Trump
During the 2016 election, Congressman Steve Scalise was a supporter of Donald Trump. Unlike some Republicans, Scalise continued to support his party’s nominee after the leaked Access Hollywood tape on which Trump could be heard bragging about grabbing women by the private parts.
“Let me be clear, Donald Trump will do more to rebuild our middle class, get our economy moving again, strengthen our national defense, and appoint Supreme Court Justices who uphold our Constitution rather than rewrite it,” he told The Advocate. “Those are the reasons I’ve supported Donald Trump for President and that is why I will continue to do so.”
Scalise did call on Trump to apologize, which Trump did. However, Scalise said that he would not allow Hillary Clinton to become president.
“Electing Hillary Clinton means continuing down the failed path of radical and divisive policies, a weaker military, and rising healthcare costs, or we can elect a president who will work with Congress to create jobs, grow a healthy economy, confront the increasing threats that we face from around the globe, and get America back on the right track,” Scalise said.
3. He Served on Donald Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition
Steve Scalise served on Donald Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition.
During the Trump transition, this was a panel of advisors who advised the president-elect on issues related to guns and the Supreme Court. According to The Advocate, Scalise’s name was added to the list along with 63 others.
Congressman Scalise has been a supporter of the second amendment for years, and he co-sponsored the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which had the goal of removing restrictions on interstate firearms transactions.
4. He Was Criticized For Delivering a Speech at a White Supremacist Event
In 2014, a political blogger discovered that Steve Scalise in 2002 delivered a speech at the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist event founded by David Duke.
This revelation caused controversy, but Scalise said that he did not know about the racist nature of the group.
“I didn’t know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group,” he said. “For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous.”
Scalise also said that he condemns the views expressed by this group and regrets speaking at their event.
“It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold,” he said.
5. He is Married & Has Two Kids
Steve Scalise married Jennifer Ann Scalise nee Letulle on September 4, 2005.
Steve and Jennifer have two kids, Madison Carol Scalise and Harrison Joseph Scalise.