Stephen Scalise was born on October 6, 1965 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is one of three children born to a real estate agent. He began his political career with a minor in political science at Louisiana State University. He then served for 12 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives before serving four months in the Louisiana State Senate. On June 19, 2014 Scalise was elected to serve as the United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and the representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district. He has been serving this position for 9 years and is a Republican. He was also the chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee.