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Dan Claitor
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Louisiana State Senate, District 16
Former Incumbent
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedApril 4, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
J.D.Loyola University
Office website
Campaign website
Dan Claitor is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on April 4, 2009.

He was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] He did not receive enough votes to participate in the runoff on December 6, 2014.[2]


Claitor earned his B.A. in Finance from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Loyola University. His professional experience includes working as a publisher, Prosecutor for Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, Legal Counselor, and manager of a family business.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Claitor served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Claitor served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Claitor served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Claitor ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana. Claitor ran as a Republican candidate in the election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Bob Bell 2.0% 5,182
     Republican Dan Claitor 10.26% 26,524
     Republican Norm Clark 0.71% 1,848
     Republican Paul Dietzel 13.55% 35,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 27.36% 70,715
     Republican Craig McCulloch 2.25% 5,815
     Republican Trey Thomas 0.56% 1,447
     Republican Lenar Whitney 7.41% 19,151
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin Edwards 30.12% 77,866
     Democratic Richard Lieberman 2.83% 7,309
     Democratic Peter Williams 1.56% 4,037
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig Jr. 1.38% 3,561
Total Votes 258,479
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State


See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Claitor ran for re-election in 2011. He was unopposed in the October 22 primary. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[3]


Claitor won election to the Louisiana State Senate District 16 in a special election held April 4, 2009. He defeated Lee Domingue.[4]

Louisiana State Senate District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Claitor (R) 11,713
Lee Domingue (R) 6,114

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Claitor's reports.[5]

Dan Claitor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 15, 2014$0$158,322$(24,302)$134,020
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$134,020$62,621$(68,024)$128,617
Running totals


In 2011, Claitor received $144,363 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Claitor's campaign in 2011
Louisiana Bankers Association$2,750
I S C Constructors LLC$2,500
Entertainment Software Association$2,500
Louisiana Association Of Business & Industry$2,500
Presonus Audio Electronics$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $144,363


Claitor and his wife, Sharmaine, have two children.

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