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Charles Boustany Jr. was born February 1, 1956, in Lafayette, Louisiana. Boustany, Jr., attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and he earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University. Boustany is a heart surgeon, who initially practiced in Rochester, New York before taking a job at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Boustany won an open race in 2004 and became only the second Republican to represent the district. Charles Boustany was redistricted into the 3rd in 2012, where he won a runoff against Rep. Jeff Landry.