John Breaux

Former U.S. Senator (D-LA) and Deputy Minority Whip

John Breaux was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 28, making him the youngest member of Congress at the time. He held his seat until 1986, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1993, he was elected by his Democratic colleagues as deputy minority whip, a position he held until his retirement.

Senator Breaux was a senior member of the Finance Committee and served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy. He also served on the Subcommittee on Health Care and the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight and on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Technology Committee, where he worked on telecommunications and transportation issues. He was the chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare and the National Commission on Retirement Policy. He also served as co-chair of the Oil and Gas Caucus and was a conferee on the 2005 energy bill.

In addition to his committee service, Senator Breaux was the co-chair of President Bush’s 2005 Tax Reform Commission, a founder of the Centrist Coalition of Senate Democrats and Republicans, and the chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.

After his retirement in 2006, Senator Breaux joined Squire Patton Boggs as senior counsel, where he co-chairs the firm’s public policy practice and provides strategic advice on a wide range of issues. He also joined with former Senator Trent Lott to found the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group, a successful bi-partisan government relations firm.