U.S. English, Inc. today recognized State Senator Steve Scalise, a candidate for the open seat Louisiana’s First Congressional District, for pledging to support official English legislation. To date, Scalise has been the only candidate in the district to indicate that he would “sponsor legislation to make English the official language of the United States government” if elected to Congress.

Scalise is currently battling three other candidates to replace Governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana’s First Congressional District. Jindal, a supporter of official English legislation and a co-sponsor of H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, was elected governor of Louisiana in November and took office last month.

“Steve Scalise understands that the English language is the unifying bond for the diverse populations of both Louisiana and the United States,” said Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of U.S. English, Inc. “At a time when some politicians are trying to separate our diverse society along language lines, we need more common sense voices like Steve Scalise in Washington.”

The primary election is scheduled for March 8, with the general election targeted for May 3, 2008.

U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.