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Louisiana - 1st District

Incumbent -- Steve Scalise (R) ; Running for re-election

Safe Republican
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

A short distance from downtown New Orleans, the conservative 1st skims the edges of the city, heads north across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and reaches the Mississippi border. North of Lake Pontchartrain, the 1st includes three of the "Florida Parishes," so named because they were part of Spanish Florida until 1810.

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a significant portion of the population has spread from New Orleans and Jefferson Parish to neighborhoods on the lake's northern shore. Once a community of seasonal homes, the north shore is now a booming bedroom community, having experienced a population influx as residents from the rest of the state flocked to the relatively stable residential area. As with much of the Greater New Orleans area, local officials and residents north of the lake, as well as in Lakeview in western Orleans Parish and parts of historic Old Metairie in Jefferson Parish to the south, hope that neighborhoods rebuilt since 2005 will retain their unique character.

Rebuilding and infrastructure redevelopment boosted tax-based revenues in the middle of the last decade, but budget woes in recent years have created uncertainty. Retail centers and residential development, particularly in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes, have boosted the local economy.

The petrochemicals and oil and gas industries here are stable. Northrop Grumman spinoff Huntington Ingalls Industries still provides thousands of jobs to district residents at its shipbuilding operations, based at the Avondale Shipyard in the 2nd District and high-tech facilities in the 1st, but plans to close Avondale in 2013.

Residents warmly welcome the GOP on all levels, and John McCain won his highest percentage statewide here (72 percent) in the 2008 presidential election.

Major Industry

Petrochemicals, oil

Cities

Metairie (unincorporated) (pt.), 134,005; Kenner (pt.), 44,368; New Orleans (pt.), 31,001; Slidell, 27,068

Notable

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world's longest highway bridge over water.

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