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Patrick Thomson Caffery (born July 6, 1932, in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana) is a retired Louisiana politician and former United States Representative from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district.

Caffery, the grandson of U.S. Senator Donelson Caffery,[1] grew up in Franklin, the seat of St. Mary Parish. An Eagle Scout, he was selected in 1950 in a nationwide competition by the Boy Scouts of America to present a State of the Nation report in the White House to U.S. President Harry S. Truman. He graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1955, having been awarded a music scholarship and having been chosen as coronet soloist with the SLI Stage Band. He received a law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1956, where he served as managing editor of the Louisiana Law Review. He practiced law in New Iberia, and was an assistant district attorney there. From 1964 to 1968, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Caffery defeated fellow Democrat Edwin E. Willis, a 20-year incumbent, and committee chairman, in the primary election in 1968. He was unopposed in the general election in both 1968 and 1970. He did not seek a third term in 1972, and returned to his law practice in New Iberia. His seat went Republican in the 1972 general election with the election of David C. Treen, a future governor of Louisiana, who had lost three House elections in the 1960s in another district.[2]

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  1. ^ See also Jefferson Caffery.
  2. ^ Treen had run three unsuccessful but increasingly threatening races against Louisiana's 2nd congressional district representative, Democrat Hale Boggs, whose moderate voting record was symbiotic with his rise in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives. In an example of the law of unintended consequences, the overwhelmingly Democratic Louisiana legislature then redrew the district lines, placing Treen's precinct into the neighboring 3rd district, represented by conservative Democrat Caffery; not long after the change, however, Caffery signaled his intention to retire from Congress. Treen had name recognition throughout the district and, although a Methodist, was politically at home with the 3rd district's Roman Catholic electorate, whom he continued to represent until being elected governor in 1979.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edwin E. Willis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
David C. Treen


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