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Clay Higgins

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Countries United States of America
Occupations Police officer Politician
Type Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1961 (New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, U.S.A.)
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Glen Clay Higgins (born August 24, 1961) is an American politician and law enforcement officer from the state of Louisiana. He is the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. He won the runoff election held on December 10, 2016, in which he defeated fellow Republican Scott Angelle. Although an elected official, he also holds a current law enforcement commission as a Reserve Deputy Marshal of Lafayette.

Career

Higgins served in the Military Police Corps of the Louisiana National Guard for six years. He then worked as a manager of a car dealership in Opelousas, Louisiana. He left the job in 2004 to become a reserve officer for the Opelousas Police Department. After serving in the department for four years, he resigned in lieu of accepting disciplinary action for his striking of a handcuffed suspect before spending the next three years working for the Port Barre Police Department. He joined the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office in 2011. When the office's public information officer was reassigned in October 2014, Higgins succeeded her in the role and was promoted to captain.

As public information officer, Higgins made videos for Crime Stoppers. He began by using standard scripts in his first weeks, but then began to highlight various criminals by name. His videos went viral, and he was referred to as the "Cajun John Wayne". One of his videos was featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2015. He resigned from the St. Landry Parish Sherriff's Office in February 2016 because of the public outcry against one of his videos. In March 2016, he was sworn in as a Reserve Deputy Marshal in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The former deputy of St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office resigned in lieu of being fired for making controversial statements after the Sheriff warned him against using disrespectful and demeaning language toward the public. The Sheriff ordered him to "Tone down his unprofessional comments on our weekly Crime Stoppers messages", underlining "a growing undertone of insubordination and lack of discipline on Higgins’ part". The Sheriff also took issue with Higgins's misuse of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office's badge of office for personal profit and gain, citing Higgins's fully uniformed appearance with his marked patrol unit in a commercial for Acadian Total Security as well as its use in the sale of t-shirts and shot glasses from Higgins's personal website. In an investigative article published in Salon it is revealed that "He also negotiated paid speaking appearances with other police departments. In one email, Higgins discussed his request for a speaker’s fee that included shopping money for his wife and part of the fuel for his friend’s private plane. Clay Higgins had previously worked for the Opelousas Police Department but also resigned under allegations of unprofessional and unlawful conduct. The Opelousas Police Department’s Discipline Review Board found that "Clay Higgins used unnecessary force on a subject during the execution of a warrant and later gave false statements during an internal investigation. Although he later recanted his story and admitted to striking a suspect in handcuffs and later releasing him". Higgins resigned before disciplinary action could be imposed.

U.S. House of Representatives

2016 campaign

After Higgins' resignation from the St. Landry Police Department, Chris Comeaux, a Republican campaign staffer, recruited Higgins to run for office. In May 2016, Higgins declared his candidacy for the 2016 election to represent the Third District of Louisiana. He finished in second place in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 8, behind Scott Angelle. He faced Angelle in a runoff election on December 10 and won with 56.1 percent of the votes cast.

Tenure

Higgins was sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2017.

Early in his term, Higgins was sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of his Capitol Hill office. He works out and showers in the House gymnasium in the early morning and spends more time at his desk in the evenings to prepare for the expected House votes the next day. Throughout a typical week, Higgins sits on three committees and six sub-committees and keeps in consultation with the party leadership. The Louisiana delegation, Higgins said, is united on most issues but must serve many constituencies. There is civility in the delegation even when members disagree with one another, he added. He rejected claims that he is "a bomb thrower" in the political process, despite his own nonconventional congressional campaign and support for President Donald Trump.

Higgins voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017.

On June 5, 2017, Congressman Higgins announced a 'historically rare' feat, securing an additional $10 million from the Army Corps of Engineers' discretionary fund to support dredging the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Environment
    • Subcommittee on Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Space
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Health

Political stances

National security

Higgins supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to temporarily curtail Muslim immigration until better screening methods are devised. He stated that “The president’s executive order for a short-term restriction on visa entries from seven countries, that are known to foster terrorists, combined with a systematic review of our immigration and vetting procedure, is reasonable.”

On June 4, 2017, Higgins posted a message advocating that "Christendom" should kill all "radicalized Islamic suspects".

"The free world... all of Christendom... is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all."
-Captain Clay Higgins

Auschwitz video

In early July 2017, Higgins posted a five-minute video on YouTube from Auschwitz concentration camp, including from within one of the gas chambers where he stated that "this is why homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible". This video was widely condemned as inappropriate, including by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum who said in a Twitter post that "the building should not be used as a stage". Higgins later removed the video from YouTube and issued an apology.

In July 2017, Higgins posted on Facebook a call to hunt and kill suspected Muslim extremists.

Personal life

Clay Higgins is the seventh of eight children. He was born in New Orleans, but his family moved to Covington, Louisiana, when he was six years old. After graduation from Covington High School, he attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Higgins had a child with his first wife, Eloisa Rovati Higgins. The child, a daughter, died a few months after she was born. Higgins and his wife divorced; she later died as a result of her injuries from an automobile accident. Higgins and his second wife, Rosemary "Stormy" Rothkamm Hambrice, have three children. They divorced in 1999 (she filed on grounds of adultery). He lives in Port Barre with his wife, Becca Higgins.

During the runoff campaign for Louisiana's 3rd Congressitional District seat, Hambrice, who was working on the campaign of Higgins' opponent, filed a lawsuit against Higgins seeking unpaid child support arrearages in the amount of over $140,000.00.

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