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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009659&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "David Vitter (R-La), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009659&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "David Vitter (R-La), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009659&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Vitter, (R-Louisiana), 2010"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00009659&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Vitter, (R-Louisiana), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===

Revision as of 11:56, 20 August 2013

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$1,640,030
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
David Vitter (b. September 8, 1941, 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 considered a potential candidate 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 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]

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]:

2011-2012

Vitter served on the following Senate committees[6]:

Issues

Endorsements

Louisiana's 5th special election

U.S. Sen. Vitter has said will not be endorsing a candidate in the 2013 special election for the 5th District congressional seat.[7] Vitter said on August 16, 2013, that he often does not get involved in races that have “two or more significant Republicans.”[7]

Specific votes

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.[8]

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.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Vitter was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

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."[14]

Controversy

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", convicted by the U.S. government for running a prostitution service. Hustler identified the phone number and contacted Vitter's office to ask about his connection to Palfrey.[15][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, after a week of self-imposed seclusion, Vitter emerged and called a news conference. Standing next to his wife, Vitter asked the public for forgiveness.[3][16]

Government shutdown

In August 2013, Vitter signed onto a letter that threatens a government shutdown unless Congress votes to defund President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act.[17]

The letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, organized by Sen. Mike Lee, was signed by 11 fellow Republicans, including Vitter.[17] 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.[17]

"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," reads the letter to Reid. "For these reasons, we will not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare."[17]

Vitter also said that he will not vote for legislation to continue paying for U.S. government services beyond September 30, 2013, if it contains money for the health care law’s implementation.[18]

The issue is a divide among Republicans, some of whom say a shutdown effort could damage GOP candidates at the polls and create a backlash from the American public.[18]

Elections

2015

Vitter is considered a potential candidate for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot run.[19]

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.[20]

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

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.[22]

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

2013

Justin Bieber concert fundraiser

On August 3, 2013, Vitter posted an invitation to join him at a Justin Bieber concert with his family.[23][24][25][26] 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.”[26]

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."[26][25][23]

The event was hosted by a campaign committee, David Vitter for Senate.

Louisiana Bayou Weekend

The concert fundraiser came on the tails of another unique campaign fundraiser in May 2013 when Vitter was part of a $5,000-per-person "Louisiana Bayou Weekend" that featured an alligator hunt.[27] Potential contributors and a few press outlets were given an invitation for a $5,000-per-person "Louisiana Bayou Weekend."[27][28]

"Save your place for this exciting adventure in swamps and bayous of south Louisiana!" the flyer said.[27]

The three-day event — which also included Cajun cooking and an "Airboat Swamp Tour" — was sponsored by The Fund for Louisiana's Future.[27]

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 June 21, 2013.[29]

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.[30]

Vitter most often votes with:

Vitter least often votes with:

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.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[32]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[33]

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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Vitter was ranked the 6th most conservative senator during 2012.[34]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, David Vitter was ranked the 6th most conservative senator during 2011.[35]

Voting with party

2013

David Vitter voted with the Republican Party 86.3% of the time, which ranked 31st among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[36]

Recent news

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Personal

Vitter lives in Metairie, LA, with his wife, Wendy. They have four children.[37]

See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "David Vitter," Accessed October 22, 2011
  2. Politico, "David Vitter stokes buzz about governor bid," May 22, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fox News "New Orleans' Madam Says Sen. David Vitter Used Her Brothel" Accessed July 23, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 ABC News "‘Hustler’ Call May Have Prompted Vitter Admission" Accessed July 23, 2013
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. U.S. Senate Official Website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 22, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Town Talk, "Sen. Vitter won't endorse in 5th District race," accessed August 19, 2013
  8. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. NY Times "Woman Convicted in Washington Escort Case" Accessed July 23, 2013
  16. CNN.com "Hustler says it revealed senator's link to escort service" Accessed July 23, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 NOLA.com, "David Vitter signs GOP letter threatening government shutdown without repeal of ObamaCare," accessed August 19, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 CBS News, "Vitter: I Support Government Shutdown Rather Than Paying For ‘Obamacare’," accessed August 19, 2013
  19. Politico, "David Vitter stokes buzz about governor bid," May 22, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 20010"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "David Vitter" Accessed May 1, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 David Vitter "Justin Bieber Concert" Accessed August 5, 2013
  24. Yahoo News "For $1,000, You Can Go See Justin Bieber With Sen. David Vitter and His Family" Accessed August 5, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 American Banker "David Vitter: Senator by Day, Belieber by Night" Accessed August 5, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 National Journal "For a Campaign Contribution, campaign supporters were invited to Can Go to a Justin Bieber Concert with Sen. David Vitter" Accessed August 5, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 American Banker "Sen. Vitter Wants to Rein In Big Banks — And Alligators" Accessed August 5, 2013
  28. Washington Post "Last call to hunt gators with Sen. David Vitter" Accessed August 5, 2013
  29. Gov Track "David Vitter," Accessed June 21, 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Rep. David Vitter," Accessed August 2, 2013
  31. LegiStorm "David Vitter"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "David Vitter (R-La), 2011"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Vitter, (R-Louisiana), 2010"
  34. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  37. Official Website of Senator David Vitter "Biography," Accessed October 22, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
John B. Breaux
U.S. Senate - Louisiana
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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