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David Vitter
David Vitter.jpg
U.S. Senate, Louisiana
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn B. Breaux (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$23,290,537
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1999-2005
Louisiana State House of Representatives
1992-1999
Education
High schoolDe La Salle High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Tulane Law School
OtherRhodes Scholar
Personal
BirthdayMay 3, 1961
Place of birthNew Orleans, LA
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,633,027.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Contents

David Vitter (b. May 3, 1961, in New Orleans, LA) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Louisiana. Vitter was first elected to the Senate in 2004.[1]

Vitter is running for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot run.[2]

He previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005 and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999.[1]

In July 2007, Vitter was identified as a client of a prostitution service during the DC Madam scandal.[3][4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Vitter is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Vitter was born May 3, 1961, in New Orleans, LA. He received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1983 and a B.A. from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar) in 1985. Vitter went on to receive his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1988.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Vitter's political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Vitter serves on the following Senate committees:[5][6]

2011-2012

Vitter served on the following Senate committees:[7]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Vitter's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Neutral/Abstain Vitter did not vote on the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[10]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Vitter joined with 19 other Republican senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Vitter voted with the 17 Republican and the 55 Democratic members in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Vitter voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Vitter voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[10]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Vitter voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Vitter voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[10]

2013 introduced bills

According to a January 2014 Politico report, Vitter introduced 67 bills, the most of any senator, in 2013.[18]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Vitter voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[19]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

David Vitter's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Vitter is a Hard-Core Conservative. Vitter received a score of 14 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[20]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[21]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[20]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Vitter said on August 27, 2013, that he thought the international community should respond to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against rebel fighters and civilians, but would not support direct intervention by the U.S. military.[22]

"I certainly agree with (Secretary of State) John Kerry -- I don't say that a lot -- but I agree with John Kerry that the use of chemical weapons there and other abuses there are deplorable. The community of civilized nations should do something about it. I don't think that should translate to American boots on the ground," he said.[22]

Opposition to authorization

Vitter announced on September 5, 2013, that he opposed a resolution offering authorization for military attacks on Syria.[23]

"After a lot of careful thought and prayer, I have decided that I will vote NO on the Syria war resolution. As horrible as events in Syria are, they do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. U.S. military action could spark a broader war and/or entangle us in Syria's protracted civil war in which elements of the opposition are even worse than the Assad regime, all while our troops are underfunded...There is a very serious and direct threat to us in the region - Iran's development of nuclear weapons. I am extremely concerned that getting involved in Syria, after Iraq and Afghanistan, would make mustering our resolve to stop a nuclear Iran impossible," he said in a statement.[23][23]

Healthcare

Citizens United spokesperson

In November 2013, Vitter announced that he was the spokesman for a national advertising campaign by Citizens United that alleged members of Congress were helped by the Obama administration to exempt them from the Affordable Care Act.[24]

Affordable Care Act subsidies

Vitter introduced SB 1497 on September 12, 2013, to expand the required coverage by state health insurance exchange American Health Benefit Exchange from members of Congress and their staff to also include the President, Vice-President, executive branch political appointees and employees of congressional committees and leadership offices of Congress. It also prohibits any government contribution or subsidy for this coverage. It was originally co-sponsored by Mike Enzi, Dean Heller, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Jim Inhofe. Ted Cruz joined on September 17, 2013.[25][26] Vitter's bill was a response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management ruling that allowed members of Congress and their staff to keep their insurance subsidies provided by the government.[27][28]

Clash with Cruz

Vitter clashed with Ted Cruz (R-TX) after Cruz wanted to broaden Vitter’s proposal to put lawmakers on the exchanges without a tax subsidy to include all federal employees. Vitter argued such a move would only make it easier for Democrats to defeat it.[29]

Letter on ACA

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

In August 2013, Vitter signed a letter that threatened a government shutdown unless Congress voted to defund the Affordable Care Act.[30]

The letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, organized by Sen. Mike Lee, was signed by 11 fellow Republicans, including Vitter.[30] It cites the president's recent decision to delay a mandate for one year that requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide health insurance or pay a penalty while going ahead with implementation of the rest of the law, including an individual mandate to purchase insurance -- with subsidies for low-income Americans -- as scheduled in January.[30]

"The president cannot seriously expect to waive ObamaCare's onerous mandates on large businesses, while simultaneously forcing individuals and families to pay to implement an individual mandate the public has opposed since before the law was even passed. For these reasons, we will not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare," said the letter to Reid.[30][31]

Social issues

Prosecute EBT theft

Vitter urged the state attorney general and secretary of Department of Children and Family Services to take aggressive action on the theft and fraud that took place October 12, 2013, in at least two northwest Louisiana retail stores during an outage of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system.[32]

In a letter to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier on October 30, 2013, he said,“The outrageous theft and fraud at several Louisiana retailers, including at the Walmart stores in Mansfield and Springhill, is completely unacceptable. Like many citizens, I am appalled and believe there should be serious consequences for what occurred; so far, I have heard of none.”[32]

He made three recommendations for state officials:[32]

  • Take action to ensure that no reimbursements are made to retailers who didn’t follow proper protocol.
  • Disqualify any EBT beneficiary who knowingly stole groceries during the outage.
  • Work to set up a local task force to pursue prosecutions of the theft and fraud cases.

Controversy

Barbara Boxer

After beginning the 113th Congress working jointly in the Senate as an unlikely duo, in September 2013 Barbara Boxer and Vitter ended their working relationship.[33]

Vitter accused Boxer of “bribery,” while she responded that Vitter was demeaning the Senate, all as part of a feud over Obamacare.[33]

Urge for Ethics probe investigation

Vitter called for an ethics probe of Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer on September 13, 2013, after a proposed Democratic amendment was released that barred senators who have been investigated for soliciting prostitutes from receiving health insurance.[34][35]

The proposed legislation would make any senator who a congressional ethics panel has "probable cause" to believe solicited prostitutes ineligible for congressional health insurance. A Democratic aide estimated the federal government has spent $112,624.88 on its share of Vitter's premiums since 1999, when he first entered Congress.[34]

Ethics complaint dismissed

On September 24, 2013, the Senate Ethics Committee, chaired by Barbara Boxer, dismissed Vitter's complaint and said that no further action would be taken.[36]

“The complaint offers no concrete information to support the allegation that Sen. Reid, Sen. Boxer, or their staffs were involved with the legislative language drafted by unknown parties that you described. Further, an inquiry involving speculation over draft legislative language not part of any bill or any proceedings would be unprecedented,” stated John Sassaman, chief counsel and staff director for the panel.[36]

Boxer’s spokesman said she was not responsible for the dismissal.

Senator Boxer chose not to be involved in the decision-making process regarding this complaint,” said spokesman Zachary Coile.[36]

Second ethics complaint filed

Vitter filed a second complaint with the Senate ethics committee on September 26, 2013, seeking further investigation into his claim that Democrats used “bribery” to build opposition to a health care proposal he sponsored.[37]

The committee previously dismissed Vitter’s initial complaint just two days prior, saying there was “no concrete information” to support his claims that Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were involved in drafting legislation aimed at penalizing lawmakers who support Vitter’s health care measure.[38]

Prostitution scandal

In early July 2007, Vitter's phone number was included in a published list of phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates, a company owned and run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the "D.C. Madam."[39][4] The following day, Vitter issued a written statement in which he took responsibility for his "sin" and asked for forgiveness.[4] On July 16, 2007, Vitter, standing next to his wife, asked the public for forgiveness in a press conference.[3][40]

Endorsements

Louisiana's 5th special election

See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

U.S. Sen. Vitter said he would not endorse a candidate in the 2013 special election for the 5th District congressional seat.[41] Vitter said on August 16, 2013, that he often does not get involved in races that have “two or more significant Republicans.”[41]

Elections

2015

Vitter is running for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot run.[42]

In a statement released to the Associated Press in December 2013, Vitter said he would make a decision by January 2014.[43] On January 21, 2014, Vitter released campaign website and a video in which he said “I believe that as our next governor I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that we face in Louisiana."[44]


Vitter to run for Governor of Louisiana

2010

On November 2, 2010, Vitter won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Charlie Melancon (D), Michael Karlton Brown (I), R. A. "Skip" Galan (I), Milton Gordon (I), Sam Houston Melton, Jr. (I), Randall Todd Hayes (L), William R. McShan (Reform), Michael Lane "Mike" Spears (I), Ernest D. Woolon (I), William Robert "Bob" Lang, Jr. (I) and Thomas G. "Tommy" LaFarge (I) in the general election.[45]

U.S. Senate, Louisiana General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Vitter Incumbent 56.6% 715,415
     Democratic Charlie Melancon 37.7% 476,572
     Independent Michael Karlton Brown 0.8% 9,973
     Independent R. A. "Skip" Galan 0.6% 7,474
     Independent Milton Gordon 0.4% 4,810
     Independent Sam Houston Melton, Jr. 0.3% 3,780
     Libertarian Randall Todd Hayes 1.1% 13,957
     Reform William R. McShan 0.5% 5,879
     Independent Michael Lane "Mike" Spears 0.7% 9,190
     Independent Ernest D. Woolon 0.6% 8,167
     Independent William Robert "Bob" Lang, Jr. 0.5% 5,734
     Independent Thomas G. "Tommy" LaFarge 0.3% 4,043
Total Votes 1,264,994

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Vitter attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Vitter is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Vitter raised a total of $23,290,537 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 1, 2013.[47]

David Vitter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Louisiana) Won $12,560,392
2004 U.S. Senate (Louisiana) Won $7,192,566
2002 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 1) Won $1,397,268
2000 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 1) Won $2,140,311
Grand Total Raised $23,290,537


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Donation to super PAC

David Vitter for U.S. Senate gave $100,000 to the Fund for Louisiana’s Future on February 14, 2014. As of June 2014, Vitter had more than $1 million in his U.S. Senate account, even though he already declared his candidacy for Governor of Louisiana.[48]

Super PAC petition

Lawyers for the Fund for Louisiana's Future, the super PAC created to support Vitter, along with other super PACs, said in December 2013 that Louisiana's Board of Ethics needed to end enforcement of its $100,000 limit on independent committee donations.[49]

The argument stemmed from the 2010 Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that equated spending on independent political expenditures with free speech, and a follow-up ruling by a Washington D.C. appeals court that said that such limits are unconstitutional.[49]

In January 2014, the group announced that it raised $1.5 million in 2013.[50]

Justin Bieber concert fundraiser

On August 3, 2013, Vitter posted an invitation to join him at a Justin Bieber concert with his family.[51][52][53][54] Campaign donors were invited to join Vitter, his two teenage daughters and his 11-year-old son at the August 2013 show, according to the invitation. The experience was billed as “a family night.”[54]

According to an invitation, Vitter was asking $1,000 per person or PAC for the chance to join him and his children "for a family night at the Justin Bieber concert."[51][54][53] The event was hosted by a campaign committee, David Vitter for Senate.

Louisiana Bayou Weekend

In May 2013 Vitter was part of a $5,000-per-person "Louisiana Bayou Weekend" that featured an alligator hunt.[55][55][56] The three-day event — which also included Cajun cooking and an "Airboat Swamp Tour" — was sponsored by The Fund for Louisiana's Future.[55]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Vitter's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $830,055 and $2,436,000. That averages to $1,633,027.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Vitter ranked as the 57th most wealthy senator in 2012.[57] Between 2004 and 2012, Vitter's calculated net worth[58] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[59]

David Vitter Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,508,994
2012$1,633,027
Growth from 2004 to 2012:8%
Average annual growth:1%[60]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[61]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Vitter is the ranking Republican member of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Vitter received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Oil & Gas industry.

From 1999-2014, 21.39 percent of Vitter's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[62]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
David Vitter Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $26,062,683
Total Spent $25,415,556
Ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$1,236,477
Health Professionals$1,196,295
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,167,871
Retired$1,087,781
Real Estate$885,136
% total in top industry4.74%
% total in top two industries9.33%
% total in top five industries21.39%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Vitter is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating Vitter received in June 2013.[63]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[64]

Vitter most often votes with:

Vitter least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Vitter paid his congressional staff a total of $2,396,031 in 2011. He ranked 20th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 27th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Louisiana ranked 27th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[65]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Vitter missed 185 of 3,008 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.2 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[66]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2013

Vitter ranked 12th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[67]

2012

Vitter ranked 6th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[68]

2011

Vitter ranked 6th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[69]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Vitter voted with the Republican Party 86.5 percent of the time, which ranked 27th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[70]

2013

Vitter voted with the Republican Party 86.3 percent of the time, which ranked 31st among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[71]

Personal

Vitter lives in Metairie, LA, with his wife, Wendy. They have four children.[72]

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See also

External links


References

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  59. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  60. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  61. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Political offices
Preceded by
John B. Breaux
U.S. Senate - Louisiana
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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U.S. House - Louisiana District 1
1999-2004
Succeeded by
Steve Scalise (R)
Preceded by
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Louisiana House of Representatives
1991-1999
Succeeded by
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