James Otis McCrery III|
(September 18, 1949 - living) U.S.A.
Jim McCrery was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Leesville. He graduated from Leesville High School in 1967. In 1971, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in both English and history from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston in Lincoln Parish. Thereafter, he obtained a law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1975. McCrery joined the law firm of Jackson, Smith & Ford in Leesville, where he worked from 1975 to 1978, and served in Shreveport as an assistant city attorney from 1979 until 1980.
From 1981 to 1984, McCrery was a district manager and later as a legislative director for then Democratic Congressman Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer, III. He returned to Louisiana in 1984 to work for Georgia Pacific Corporation, a paper company. He remained there until his election to Congress four years later. After Roemer resigned from Congress to become governor, McCrery ran for his former boss' seat as a Republican.
On August 3, 1991, McCrery married Johnette Hawkins (born 1966), a former television newswoman. They have two children, Scott and Clark. McCrery is a Methodist.
In 1992, Louisiana lost a district as a result of sluggish population growth during the 1980s. Also, the state was ordered to draw a second black-majority district by the Justice Department. The legislature responded by shifting most of Shreveport and Bossier City's black voters into a new 4th District. Most of McCrery's former territory was merged with the 5th District, represented by 16-year incumbent Jerry Huckaby. On paper, McCrery was in serious danger, since Huckaby retained nearly all of his former territory. McCrery was thus such a heavy favorite that national Democratic leaders wrote off the seat as a loss and urged Huckaby to retire. Huckaby chose to stay in the race and was heavily defeated. To date, McCrery is the only Louisiana Republican to have unseated a Democratic incumbent at the federal level.
In 1992, the Advocate magazine, a publication aimed at the gay and lesbian community, featured a cover story on McCrery that quoted a Dallas teacher. The teacher claimed he formerly had a relationship with McCrery and accused him of pandering to his conservative constituents by opposing gay rights. The magazine cited his support of anti-gay legislation as justification of his outing. The article did little damage to his political career, and McCrery denied allegations made during the 1988 and 1992 campaigns that he is a homosexual.
In the mid-term election of 2006, McCrery defeated Democratic challengers Patti Cox and Artis Cash and Republican Chester T. Kelley, a Shreveport businessman who advertises his catfish restaurant on the Rush Limbaugh radio program and who has been interviewed on the statewide Moon Griffon radio talk show. McCrery now serves as the ranking Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.
In 2007, in the early stages of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for 2008, McCrery announced his endorsement of unsuccessful candidate Mitt Romney for president.
McCrery announced in a statement on December 7, 2007 he would not seek re-election in 2008. The ten-term congressman reportedly thought of not seeking reelection in 2004 because of family reasons. However, he did seek another term after he sold his Louisiana house and moved his family to the Washington, D.C. area. In June 2007 he announced that he planned to move his family back to Shreveport, Louisiana.
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