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*Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1992-1999
*[[Louisiana House of Representatives]], 1992-1999
*U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-2005
*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], 1999-2005
*U.S. Senate, 2005-Present
*[[U.S. Senate]], 2005-Present
==Committee assignments==
==Committee assignments==

Revision as of 15:57, 21 June 2013

David Vitter
David Vitter.jpg
U.S. Senate, Louisiana
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 10
PredecessorJohn B. Breaux (D)
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
Louisiana State House of Representatives
High schoolDe La Salle High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Tulane Law School
OtherRhodes Scholar
Date of birthMay 3, 1961
Place of birthNew Orleans, LA
Net worth$1,640,030
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
David Vitter (b. September 8, 1941) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Louisiana. Vitter was first elected to the Senate in 2004. [1]

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]


Vitter was born in 1961 in New Orleans, LA. He obtained 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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Vitter serves on the following Senate committees[2]:


Vitter served on the following Senate committees[3]:


Fiscal cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[5][6][7]

According to the website Breitbart, Vitter was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[8][9]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[10]

Campaign donors

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.[11]

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



Vitter is considered a potential candidate for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot run.[12]


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.[13]

U.S. Senate General Election, Louisiana, 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


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 June 21, 2013.[15]

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 he 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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Vitter's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $801,061 and $2,479,000. That averages to $1,640,030, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by $500 from 2010.[17]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Vitter's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $801,061 and $2,480,000. That averages to $1,640,530.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[18]

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.


According to the data released in 2013, Vitter was ranked the 6th most conservative senator during 2012.[19]


According to the data released in 2012, David Vitter was ranked the 6th most conservative senator during 2011.[20]

Voting with the party


David Vitter voted with the Republican Party 86.3 of the time, which ranked 31 among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[21]

Recent news

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Vitter lives in Metairie, LA, with his wife, Wendy. They have four children.[22]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "David Vitter," Accessed October 22, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 22, 2011
  4. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  6. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  7. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  8. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  9. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "David Vitter" Accessed May 1, 2013
  12. Politico, "David Vitter stokes buzz about governor bid," May 22, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 20010"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Gov Track "David Vitter," Accessed June 21, 2013
  16. LegiStorm "David Vitter"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "David Vitter (R-La), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Vitter, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  22. Official Website of Senator David Vitter "Biography," Accessed October 22, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John B. Breaux
U.S. Senate - Louisiana
Succeeded by