Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming, of Minden, announced Monday his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate in a three-minute video.
“The true test of a reformer is not their rhetoric when they’re running for office but what happens after they get elected and enter the lion’s den,” Fleming said in the video. “We have too many in Washington who are all too willing to go along with the status quo and not make any waves.”
Fleming is the second member of Louisiana’s Republican congressional delegation to announce his bid for the senate seat David Vitter will vacate at the end of 2016. Rep. Charles Boustany said last week in a press release stating that he would officially his intentions at coming event in his hometown of Lafayette.
A former U.S. Naval medical officer, Fleming had practiced family medicine for 30 years in Minden. He was elected to Congress in 2009 and is a member of a caucus of conservatives called theRepublican Study Committee. The committee is said to be responsible for pressuring John Boehner, R-Ohio, to step down as speaker and to have kept his expected successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of California, from seeking the top job.
Fleming, in his announcement video, alluded to the event by saying he had not just fought liberals in Washington, but also the leadership of his party when they sought to compromise. Fleming said President Barack Obama is weak on national security and that president’s signature Affordable Care Act is “a disaster.”
He is a deacon and teaches Sunday school at the First Baptist Church of Minden. He and his wife, Cindy, were married in 1978, have four adult children and three grandchildren.
Fleming represents Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District, which includes all of northwest Louisiana, stretching east through Union Parish and south to Beauregard Parish, across to St. Landry Parish.