U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, dean of Louisiana’s House delegation, has filed his formal papers to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and is planning an announcement Monday in Lafayette.
Boustany’s formal announcement will come at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 517 W. St. Patrick St., his boyhood home.
The six-term congressman filed a statement of candidacy with the Secretary of the Senate on Dec. 2, which was received Dec. 5. The Federal Election Commission has since added Boustany’s name to those of candidates Col. Robert L. Maness Jr. and Thomas P. Clement, of Lafayette, who filed candidacy papers early this year.
Alan Hebert is listed as the treasurer of Boustany’s campaign, formally enrolled with the FEC as Charles Boustany Jr. M.D. for Senate. Michael Hare of Lafayette is campaign chair.
Justin Brasell of Triumph Campaigns in Jackson, Miss., is the campaign’s general consultant.
The campaign lists $1,457,571 cash on hand as of Sept. 30.
Boustany is seeking the seat held for two terms by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, who announced in November that he would not seek a third Senate term in 2016. Vitter’s name remained on the FEC website as a candidate on Thursday morning, with an indication he had filed in 2011.
Boustany, a cardiovascular surgeon for more than 30 years, is the senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and has chaired the Subcommittee on Oversight. In that latter position, he has worked to eliminate government waste, fraud and abuse in federal government programs and agencies.
He also serves on the Ways and Means subcommittee on trade and has been an advocate for job creation and expanding markets for U.S. businesses. He is a passionate advocate for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact that would open markets in Asia.
Boustany confirmed on Nov. 23 that he would seek the Senate seat. But he also indicated as early as June 22 that if Vitter won his bid for Louisiana governor, Boustany would put himself into position to run for Senate.
U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, has also said he will run. Other possible candidates include State Treasurer John N. Kennedy and Public Service Commission Scott Angelle, who ran third in the governor’s race. Angelle supporters have already printed Angelle for Senate stickers, although State Sen. Fred Mills, a close friend of Angelle’s, said they were probably not authorized by Angelle.
Angelle has also been suggested as a possible candidate for Boustany’s 3rd District seat in the House.
Boustany, Fleming and Kennedy all endorsed Vitter’s bid for governor. But two days after Vitter said he would not seek re-elected, Boustany confirmed he would run for that seat.
“As a cardiovascular surgeon, I spent nearly 30 years caring for the sick and serving our community,” Boustany said then. “As a United States congressman, I have achieved the largest legislative repeal of ObamaCare to date, brought two new veterans clinics to Louisiana, stopped congressional leadership from robbing funding for our ports, and led the fight against the Obama Administration’s war on Louisiana energy.
“Louisiana deserves a United States senator who can lead in times of challenge, offer conservative, workable solutions to complex problems, and bring unity in times of division. After careful deliberation with family and friends, I am planning a formal announcement event in my hometown of Lafayette in the near future. I look forward to outlining my vision for Louisiana and how I intend to help lead our state to the bright future I know lies before us.”