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John C. Fleming

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John Calvin Fleming, Jr.

Assumed office 
January 6, 2009
Preceded by Jim McCrery

Born 1951 (age 56–57)
Meridian, Lauderdale County
Mississippi, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse Cindy Fleming (m. 1978)
Children Four children
Residence Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana
Alma mater University of Mississippi at Oxford
Occupation Physician; Businessman
Religion Baptist
John Calvin Fleming, Jr. (born 1951), is a Minden physician, the author of the book Preventing Addiction, and the apparent Republican U.S. representative-elect from Louisiana's 4th congressional district. With all 640 precincts reporting from the general election held on December 6, 2008, the office of Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne posted 44,497 votes (48.07 percent) for Fleming to 44,141 (47.69 percent for the Democratic nominee Paul J. Carmouche (born 1943) of Shreveport, the retiring 30-year district attorney of Caddo Parish. Two conservative independents held the remaining votes, Chester T. "Catfish" Kelley, a restaurant owner from Shreveport, polled 3,245 votes (3.51 percent), and Gerard J. Bowen, Jr., of Bossier City received 675 votes (0.73 percent).[1]
Carmouche had led in the count most of the evening, but Bossier Parish, considered the most Republican-oriented in the district (2nd most in the state after St. Tammany Parish), erased an earlier 2,000 vote lead for Carmouche and gave Fleming a district-wide margin of 356 votes. Carmouche won Caddo Parish, 22,742-15,510, but Fleming lost his own Webster Parish, 3,790 to 3,622. Bossier Parish gave Fleming 9,311 votes to Carmouche's 5,301 ballots. Fleming also won in traditionally Democratic Natchitoches and Claiborne parishes.[1] Fleming succeeds Republican James Otis "Jim" McCrery, Jr., a 21-year incumbent who did not seek reelection.
Fleming would be the first U.S. representative from Minden since 1937, when John N. Sandlin vacated the seat, having lost a contested primary for the United States Senate to Allen J. Ellender of Houma, the seat of Terrebonne Parish in south Louisiana.[2]Fleming is only the second Republican to hold the seat since Reconstruction. Republicans first seriously contested the seat in a special election in 1961, when their nominee, Shreveport oilman Charlton Lyons, polled 46 percent of the vote against the successful Democrat, Joe D. Waggonner, Jr., of Plain Dealing in northern Bossier Parish.



Fleming was born in Meridian, the seat of Lauderdale County in eastern Mississippi. He attended college and medical school at the University of Mississippi at Oxford. He entered the U.S. Navy to help fund his medical education.[3] He was awarded his M.D. degree in 1976.
Fleming and his wife, Cindy, who have been married since 1978, have four children.[4]


 Medical career

After earning his medical degree, Fleming acted as chief resident in family medicine at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Camp Pendleton, California. He also trained at the drug and alcohol treatment unit at the Navy Regional Medical Center in Long Beach.[4] Serving in the Navy after his residency, Fleming practiced military family medicine on the island of Guam. There from 1979 to 1981, he was the director of drug and alcohol treatment and chairman of the Navy’s Family Advocacy Committee. Thereafter, he performed similar duties in Charleston, South Carolina.[4]
After leaving the Navy, Fleming established a private practice in 1982 in Minden. His specialty is in the treatment of depression, attention span disorder, and the prevention of chronic disease.[4] He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice[4] and is on the staff at the Minden Medical Center.[5] Fleming is a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP). In 2007, he was chosen as the LAFP "Louisiana Family Practice Physician of the Year."[4]
Fleming is the author of the 2006 book Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know to Immunize Their Kids Against Drug and Alcohol Addiction, which is aimed at assisting parents in keeping their children from potential chemical dependency.[6][7] He has appeared on numerous national broadcast programs to promote his book.[4]
Fleming is also a businessman; he owns thirty Subway sandwich shops in northern Louisiana,[8][9] and owns Fleming Expansions, LLC, a regional developer for The UPS Store, which supports stores in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.[9][8]


 Political activities and 2008 candidacy

On October 21, 1995, Republican Fleming was elected as coroner of traditionally Democratic Webster Parish (2000 population–41,831),[10], having defeated the no-party candidate, Dr. Carlos A. Irizarry, 7,842 (60.6 percent) to 5,143 (39.6 percent). He succeeded Dr. Carl A. Hines, a Minden Democrat who did not seek reelection.[11][12]
Fleming entered the race to become the Republican nominee for the District 4 House seat after McCrery announced retirement. He received political support from the LAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) political action committee for his campaign.[13]
Fleming is a supporter of the FairTax,[8] which would replace the income tax with a sales tax rate, as defined in the legislation, of 23 percent of the total payment, equivalent to a 30 percent traditional U.S. sales tax ($23 on top of every $77 spent before taxes.[14]
The primary and subsequent runoff election were delayed because of the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.[15][16] In the October 4, 2008, Republican closed primary, Fleming ran against Jeff Thompson of Shreveport (McCrery's choice), and Chris Gorman (a trucking executive). In a close election, no candidate received a majority of the votes. Fleming led with 14,500 votes (35.1 percent), followed by Gorman with 14,072 votes (34.1 percent), and Thompson with 12,693 votes (30.8 percent).[17] This set up a primary runoff between Fleming and Gorman which was held on November 4, along with the national presidential election.
In the runoff, Fleming defeated Gorman, 43,012 votes (55.6 percent) to 34,405 (44.4 percent) and carried all but one of the thirteen parishes in the district. On November 4, the total Republican vote for District 4 Representative was 72,754 ballots below the total cast on the Democratic side (150,171), where Carmouche won easily over Willie Banks, Jr., an African American attorney, 93,093 (62 percent) to 57,078 (38 percent).[18]
In the 2006 race against McCrery, "Catfish" Kelley ran as a Republican and drew 12 percent of the vote under the still existing jungle primary format.[19] In 2008, his 3 percent was far more than the margin between Fleming and Carmouche. A plurality is sufficient to win the general election—which, along with the District 2 race, which also narrowly voted for the Republican candidate, were the last congressional races in the nation in 2008.[16]
Outgoing Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney appeared in Shreveport on November 21 to speak at a fundraiser for Fleming.[20] indicates that McCrery supports Fleming but had made no official endorsement and had not appeared at any of Fleming's campaign events.[9]On December 2, McCrery spoke on Fleming's behalf in an appearance on the Moon Griffon radio program, which is syndicated in most Louisiana media markets. He used the argument that Carmouche, if successful, would cast his first vote for Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.[21] Considering the close outcome, Carmouche could ask for a recount, but the margin is sufficient to avoid an automatic recount in Louisiana.
Preceded by
Jim McCrery
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district

2009 -



  1. a b Louisiana Secretary of State, Election returns, December 6, 2008
  2. Biographical Guide to the U.S. Congress, John N. Sandlin
  3. Gannon, Patricia (September 2007). "Physician Spotlight: John C. Fleming". Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  4. a b c d e f g Brown, Ida (June 27, 2007). "Meridian native named Family Doctor of Year", The Meridian Star. Retrieved on November 22, 2008. 
  5. "Physicians". Minden Medical Center. Retrieved on November 23, 2008.
  6. Fleming, John C. (2006). Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know to Immunize Their Kids Against Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Hannibal Books.  
  7. Fleming, John C. Interview with David Van Nuys. An Interview with John C. Fleming MD on Preventing Addictions (Podcast). The Wise Counsel Podcast: Audio interviews on topics in Mental Health, Wellness and Psychotherapy. July 18, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-11-21.
  8. a b c "Minden's Fleming running for Congress", Minden Press-Herald (January 18, 2008), p. 1. Retrieved on November 24, 2008. 
  9. a b c Kraushaar, Josh (November 11, 2008). "GOP fights to hold onto Louisiana seat", p. 2. Retrieved on November 22, 2008. 
  10. United States Census Bureau. "Webster Parish Quickfacts". Retrieved on 2008-02-02.
  11. "Results for Election Date: 10/21/95 — Parish of Webster". Official Parish Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State.
  12. Kraushaar, Josh (November 11, 2008). "GOP fights to hold onto Louisiana seat". Politico. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  13.  Submitted by Fleming for Congress. "Kohn Fleming, MD, Wins the Republican Nomination for 4th Congressional District". Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved on November 22, 2008. "On Friday, October 31, Dr. Roberts, LAFP Past President, presented Dr. Fleming with a check from FamMedPac, the AAFP's Political Action Committee. 'We were honored to receive another check from FamMedPac. I have received lots of support from fellow physicians, and I want to sincerely thank each one who has helped my campaign.'"
  14. Regnier, Pat (September 7, 2005). "Just how fair is the FairTax?", Money Magazine. Retrieved on September 24, 2008. 
  15.  "Outstanding House Races", MSNBC (November 19, 2008). Retrieved on November 24, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b "Still Some Undecided Races, But Obama Gets Electoral Grace Note in Nebraska", CQ Politics (November 11, 2008). Retrieved on November 24, 2008. 
  17.  "Results for Election Date: 10/04/08,". Official Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State.
  18.  "Results for Election Date: 11/04/08" (See primary returns for Fourth Congressional District). Official Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State.
  19. "Results for Election Date: 11/07/06". Official Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State.
  20.  Prine, John Andrew (November 22, 2008). "Cheney boosts Fleming's campaign", Shreveport Times. Retrieved on November 22, 2008. 
  21. The Moon Griffon Show, syndicated radio program, December 2, 2008
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