Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) Was shot Wednesday while practicing for the next game Congress baseball team.
His injuries are reportedly not life-threatening. He was shot in the hip and is being treated at nearby GWU Hospital, The Associated Press said. Video obtained by ABC News showed Scalise on a stretcher after the incident.
The 51-year-old Republican from Louisiana, was first elected to Congress in 2008, is the majority of the Whip House, the number three Republican in the Republican leadership of the House.
Scalise, a Republican in the Tea Party, was seen as someone who could bridge the gap between the Republican establishment and its more conservative wing when he was elected to party leadership in 2014 .
Before serving in Congress, Scalise served in the Louisiana State Senate briefly in 2008 and in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007.
Born in New Orleans, Scalise worked as a software engineer and marketing executive before beginning his career in politics, a job he held for most of his term in the Louisiana House of Representatives, according to The Washington Post . He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in computer science in 1989.
In 2014, Scalise was at the center of controversy after reports that he had spoken to a meeting of white supremacists in 2002. Republicans defended Scalise amid controversy.
Scalise was easily re-elected to his seat in November and represents one of the most conservative districts in Louisiana, which includes the suburbs of New Orleans.