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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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December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted against H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. The bill would effectively grant amnesty and a path to citizenship to over one million currently illegal immigrants.

More specifically, the bill would:

December 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) H.R. 4761, the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act of 2019, in a 393 - 1 vote.

December 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Department’s Inspector General today released a report on the review of four FISA applications and the origins of the FBI investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

In a statement issued today, Attorney General William P. Barr noted:

October 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Homeland Security Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced HR.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Homeland Security Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Clay Higgins (R-La.) today introduced H.R. 3719, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Reauthorization Act of 2019 to update Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) flagship international supply chain security program. The CTPAT Reauthorization Act of 2019 would reauthorize the program for the first time in more than 13 years, improve information sharing and collaboration with industry, and improve program management.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted against Democrats’ bill to provide millions of illegal immigrants with amnesty. The bill restricts law enforcement’s vetting authority and does nothing to address the national security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border.

H.R. 6 would:

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) will introduce legislation to prohibit the early release of U.S. citizens who are convicted of terrorist acts against the United States.
The legislation will amend federal law governing early release to exclude U.S. citizens who are convicted for belonging to terrorist groups or knowingly providing goods, services, or support to terrorist groups. Terror organizations are defined as those listed on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list.

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.