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"As a law enforcement officer for more than 13 years, I committed myself to fairly and compassionately enforcing the laws enacted by our elected officials. In Congress, I will use that experience to enact laws that bring much-needed change to our criminal justice and penitentiary systems, which often fail to help those who most need our support."

The United States ranks first among all nations with the largest percent of citizens incarcerated, and Louisiana consistently has the highest crime rates in the United States, as well as one of the highest rates of recidivism.

With both low high school graduation rates and a median income level well below the national average contributing to a high rate of poverty, Louisiana shows just why poverty should not be punished.

For too long our judicial system has punished the less fortunate for crimes of survival. The penitentiary system was never designed to be a punishment – it was instead intended to be a means of rehabilitation, providing a penitent person the means to become a productive member of society.

I will continue to strongly advocate for the much-needed reform of America’s prisons.

Additionally, I am committed to promoting programs that build communities’ trust in local law enforcement. Attacks on police have sharply increased in recent years, and in 2016 Louisiana ranked third in police fatalities nationwide.

To keep our communities safe, this matter must be addressed from all sides, by patriot Americans of every color and creed. In the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be a loud voice for my brothers of the thin blue line and their families, who sacrifice so much to protect and serve. 



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April 9, 2019 In The News

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) vowed on Tuesday to catch those responsible for burning three African-American churches in his home district. 

"We intend to catch those responsible," Higgins told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

"I encourage them to turn themselves in because wherever you are, you're watching, you're not going to get away. You're not going to escape. We will catch you. We will arrest you. You will be incarcerated. So I advise you to turn yourself in," he continued. 

February 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, which impose new restrictions on firearm purchases.

“Both pieces of gun-control legislation being pushed by my Democratic colleagues this week represent a direct assault on the Second Amendment. These bills do nothing to prevent criminal acts of violence. They are federal government power grabs that punish and restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens. This is an absolute infringement on the Second Amendment.”

February 28, 2019 In The News

Louisiana Republican Clay Higgins introduced a resolution this week that would subject all sitting members of the House and Senate to random drug testing.


The measure lays out a proposal under which all lawmakers would have to face a "random drug test once per term."

Lawmakers would be told if a positive result is found, and those results would also go to the House and Senate Ethics Committees for review.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2019.

January 12, 2019 Video



January 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement after President Trump’s address on the national security crisis at our southern border.

December 20, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted against the Senate amendment to the First Step Act, which makes reforms to America’s criminal justice system but lacks necessary accountability measures.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

October 17, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that he is cosponsoring House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act, which would fully fund President Trump’s border wall, crack down on sanctuary cities, and boost penalties for deported criminals who try to re-enter the U.S.  The bill also includes language from Congressman Higgins’ resolution to support ICE personnel and their mission, which passed the U.S.

September 14, 2018 In The News

Rep. Clay Higgins has an idea for how to get Congress to clean up its act: random drug screenings.

“I have observed some behavior that would cause one to wonder,” the Louisiana Republican told the USA Today Network in an interview, apparently joking.

But his proposal to test senators and House members for drug use once per term is no joke. On Thursday, the freshman lawmaker introduced a concurrent resolution to do just that.