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David Vitter

David Vitter
David Vitter Children Sophie Vitter Lise Vitter Airey Vitter Jack Vitter Metairie, Louisiana Harvard University; Oxford University; Tulane Law School Attorney Roman Catholic

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United States Senator from Louisiana Incumbent Assumed office January 3, 2005 Serving with Mary Landrieu Preceded by John B. Breaux

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana’s 1st district In office May 29, 1999 – January 3, 2005 Preceded by Succeeded by Bob Livingston Bobby Jindal

Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 81st district In office 1992 – 1999 Preceded by Succeeded by Born Political party Spouse David Duke Jennifer Sneed May 3, 1961 (1961-05-03) New Orleans, Louisiana Republican Wendy Baldwin Vitter

David Bruce Vitter (born May 3, 1961) is the junior United States Senator from Louisiana and a member of the Republican Party. Formerly a member of the United States House of Representatives, first elected in 1999, representing the suburban Louisiana’s 1st congressional district, Vitter was elected to the Senate in 2004. Vitter was born and raised in New Orleans. He attended Harvard University for his undergraduate studies and Tulane University for law school in addition to winning a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford. He served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives before entering the U.S. House. Vitter is a staunch supporter of conservative political views. His legislative agenda includes positions ranging from pro-life to progun rights while legislating against gambling, same-sex marriage, funding for abortion providers, increases in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the United Nations, and amnesty for America’s undocumented workers. Vitter’s stated positions include a balanced budget constitutional amendment,[1] abolishing the federal and state estate tax,[2] increasing local police forces,[3] and an assortment of health care, tax and national defense reforms.[4] In the aftermath of the disastrous Hurricane Katrina, Vitter worked with the Louisiana congressional delegation to bring disaster relief to the region for rebuilding and aiding the victims disagreeing primarily over the issue of public housing.


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In July 2007, Vitter was identified as a client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s prostitution service in Washington, D.C.[5] Vitter has announced that he is running for reelection to his Senate seat in 2010.

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2002 gubernatorial race
In 2002, Vitter was preparing to run for governor in 2003, with the incumbent, Republican Mike Foster prevented by term limits from running again. But in June 2002, shortly before the Louisiana Weekly ran a story about Vitter’s alleged relationship with a prostitute, Vitter dropped out of the governor’s race,[13] saying he and his wife were dealing with marital problems.[14]

Early life, career, and family
Vitter was born in New Orleans to Audrey Malvina St. Raymond and Albert Leopold Vitter.[6] He received a B.A. from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1983; a B.A. from Oxford University in 1985, as a Rhodes Scholar; and a Juris Doctor from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans in 1988. He was a lawyer,[7][8] adjunct law professor at Tulane and Loyola Universities,[8] and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999, when he entered the U.S. House. Vitter and his wife Wendy, a former prosecutor,[9] have three daughters, Sophie, Lise, and Airey, and a son, Jack. Vitter’s brother Jeffrey Vitter is a notable academic, the provost of Texas A&M University.

United States Senate
2004 election
In 2004, Vitter ran to replace Democrat John Breaux in the U.S. Senate. Former state Senator Daniel Wesley Richey, a Baton Rouge political consultant, directed Vitter’s grassroots organization in the race, with assistance from Richey’s longtime ally, former state Representative Louis E. "Woody" Jenkins of Baton Rouge, himself a defeated U.S. Senate candidate in 1978, 1980, and 1996. During the campaign, Vitter was accused by a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee of having had a lengthy affair with a prostitute in New Orleans. Vitter responded that the allegation was "absolutely and completely untrue" and that it was "just crass Louisiana politics."[9] On November 2, 2004, Vitter was able to win in the jungle primary, garnering a majority of the vote, while the rest of the vote was mostly split among the Democratic contenders. Vitter was the first Republican in Louisiana to be popularly elected as a U.S. Senator. The previous Republican Senator, William Pitt Kellogg, was chosen by the state legislature in 1876, in accordance with the process used before the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect in 1914.[15]

House of Representatives
Vitter won a special election to Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District in 1999, succeeding Republican Congressman Bob Livingston, who resigned after an adultery scandal. In the initial vote on May 1, 1999,[10] former Congressman and Governor David Treen finished first with 36,719 votes (25 percent). Vitter was second, with 31,741 (22 percent), and self-styled "white nationalist" David Duke finished third with 28,055 votes (19 percent). Monica L. Monica, a Republican ophthalmologist, had 16 percent; State Representative Bill Strain, a conservative Democrat, finished fifth with 11 percent; and Rob Couhig, a Republican lawyer and the owner of New Orleans’s minor league baseball team, had 6 percent.[11] In the special election runoff on May 29, Vitter defeated Treen, 61,661 votes (51 percent) to 59,849 (49 percent).[12] In 2000 and 2002, Vitter won re-election with over 80 percent of the vote in what has become a safe Republican district.[12]

2010 election
Vitter began fundraising for his 2010 reelection run in December 2008.[16] He has raised $731,000 in the first quarter of 2009 and $2.5 million for his 2010 campaign.[17]

Committee assignments
• • Subcommittee on Personnel • Subcommittee on SeaPower • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces


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• • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development (Ranking Member) • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment • • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard • Subcommittee on Science and Space (Ranking Member) • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security • • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety (Ranking Member) • Subcommittee on Oversight • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure •

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withhold funds for prostitution enforcement which was a problem for Vitter because of the D.C. Madam controversy. The amendment failed to pass.[21] In November 2007, Vitter introduced a bill requiring banks to confirm that customers were not illegal immigrants before providing them with banking or credit cards. The bill never made it out of committee.[22][23] In March 2008, Vitter reintroduced the latter two proposals[24][25] and cosponsored ten of eleven other bills[26] in a Republican package of tough immigration enforcement measures including jail time for illegal border crossing, deportation for any immigrant (legal or illegal) for a single driving while intoxicated, declaration of English as the official language (thereby terminating language assistance at voting booths and federal agencies), additional construction of a border fence, permission for local and state police to enforce immigration laws and penalties for states who issue drivers licenses to illegals. None of these proposals passed partially because the Democratic-controlled Senate preferred a comprehensive approach which would include a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for the current population more akin to the package defeated by Vitter in 2007.[27] In April 2008, Vitter introduced a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that a child born in the United States is not a citizen unless a parent is a citizen, lawful permanent resident, or alien serving in the military.[28] Currently the Constitution grants citizenship to children born within the U.S. regardless of the legal status of the parents.[29] The bill never made it out of committee.

Political actions and positions
Illegal immigration
Vitter has been actively involved with legislation concerning illegal immigrants. In June 2007, he led a group of conservative Senators in blocking the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 that would have granted legal status to 12 million undocumented workers coupled with increased border enforcement. The bill’s defeat won Vitter national attention as it was supported by President George W. Bush, John McCain, and Ted Kennedy, among others. Vitter characterized the bill as amnesty which supporters denied. Bush accused the bill’s opponents of fear mongering.[18][19][20] In October 2007, Vitter introduced an amendment withholding Community Oriented Policing Services funds from any sanctuary city which bans city employees and police officers from asking people about their immigration status in violation of the Illegal Immigration Act. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, in opposition to the amendment, said these cities do not want to inquire about someone’s status if they report a crime, are a victim of domestic violence or get vaccinations for their children. According to Fox News, one senator remarked that the amendment would

Gulf Coast recovery
Hurricane Katrina
In the aftermath of the disastrous Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans in 2005, Vitter along with the entire Louisiana congressional delegation worked to bring aid to the Gulf Coast region to rebuild broken levees, schools and hospitals, restore coastal wetlands, and provide assistance for its many victims.[30] In early September, Vitter said that he would give "the entire big government organized relief effort a failing grade, across the board." He said that state and local


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governments shared in the blame as well.[31] Vitter’s actions during Hurricane Katrina are described in historian Douglas Brinkley’s May 2006 book, The Great Deluge. In September 2007, Vitter announced that he got "a critical concession" from the White House that decreased Louisiana’s obligations for hurricane recovery by $1 billion. However, the White House said that was false.[32]

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stalling the bill in order to keep Landrieu from claiming a legislative victory one year in advance of her reelection, a charge Vitter denies, saying Landrieu was refusing to negotiate.[41][42]

Automotive Industry Bailout stance
Senator Vitter was one of 35 Senators to vote against the Big 3 Bailout bill.[43] The financial bailout package was for GM, Chrysler, and Ford but failed to pass on December 11, 2008. During the Senate debate Vitter referred to the approach of giving the automotive industry a financial package before they restructured as "ass-backwards" (to do something contrary to the usual way).[44] He soon apologized for the comment, which failed to appear in the Congressional Record.[45]

Federal Water Bill
Vitter helped write the Water Resources and Development Act for flood-control, hurricaneprotection and coastal-restoration projects including $3.6 billion for Louisiana. He called it the "single most important" legislation for assisting Louisiana with its recovery from hurricane Katrina. President Bush vetoed the act, objecting to its cost.[33][34][35] Congress overrode his veto, enacting the bill.[36]

New Orleans public housing
In September 2007, The Times-Picayune reported that Vitter and the Bush administration opposed a provision of The Gulf Coast Housing Recovery bill which required that every public housing apartment torn down be replaced with another form of low-income housing on a one-for-one basis. The administration testified that there was not sufficient demand for public housing units, a position contested by several senators. Vitter stated it would recreate "housing projects exactly as they were", isolated and riddled with crime. However, Mary Landrieu, the Louisiana Democratic Senator, said the intent was to make certain there were affordable places for working class people who returned. The bill requires that demolished housing projects be replaced with mixed income communities which local housing advocates say is different from the massive public housing developments that Vitter is referring to. However, the bill does not include a ban on large-scale projects.[37][38] The city housing authority is planning on replacing 4,000 low-income units with mixed-income projects providing a smaller inventory of low-income units.[39] In November, 2007, more than two dozen political action, faith-based and human rights organizations delivered a petition with more than 130,000 signatures asking that Vitter reconsider his position.[40] In December 2007, Vitter killed the bill in committee.[38] Some housing advocates charge that Vitter is

Pro-life stance
Vitter has won praise from pro-life groups for his stance against abortion.[46] In 2001, he co-authored legislation to restrict the number of physicians allowed to prescribe RU-486, a drug used in medical abortions. Vitter said, "The legislation is about protecting women’s health" and criticized the FDA for "hurriedly" approving the drug. Several Democratic politicians and pro-choice groups condemned the bill, characterizing Vitter as an "antichoice extremist". The bill died in committee.[47][48] In October 2007, Vitter introduced an amendment[49] barring all funds to health care providers and Planned Parenthood that provide health services (such as contraceptives, Pap smears, breast exams and tests for STDs) in addition to abortions. Federal law bars any funding to directly finance abortions. Vitter argued that the funds are used for overhead costs that benefit the abortion services. The amendment failed to pass.[50][51] Following the rejection, Vitter and others urged the Senate to pass a similar bill introduced by Vitter in January 2007. The bill failed to pass.[52][53] In January 2008, Vitter proposed an amendment to prohibit the funding of abortions with Indian Health Service funds except in the case of rape, incest, or the life of the mother is at risk.[54][55] The amendment would have hold future presidential administrations to an executive principle first crafted


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in 1982 by the Ronald Reagan White House.[56] Vitter’s amendment passed the Senate but died in Congress.[57] Later that year, Vitter co-sponsored the Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act which required doctors performing abortions to have the authority granted by a nearby hospital to admit patients along with other oversight regulations. The bill was never reported to committee.[58][59]

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constitution to oust the largely Democratically controlled legislature.[69][70][71][72] The first election legislators were affected by the reform occurred in 2007.[73] In order to leverage the term limits advantage in that election, Vitter formed a Political Action Committee with the goal of winning a legislative Republican majority. Although it was well financed, Vitter’s connection with prostitution may have decreased its effectiveness.[74][75] While the Republicans saw gains, the Democrats maintained majority control.[72] In spite of his state legislative efforts, Vitter refused to pledge to a voluntary term limit when running for the U.S. Congress in 1999 which his opponent characterized as hypocritical. Vitter countered that unless it was universally applied, the loss of seniority would disadvantage his district.[69][76] As a Senator, he has proposed term limit constitutional amendments for members of Congress three times.[77][78][79] In 2007, in response to lobbying scandals involving, among others, Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham, Congress passed a lobbying and ethics reform package to which Vitter proposed a package of five amendments.[80][81][82][83] The Senate approved three that limited which legislators’ spouses could lobby the Senate,[84] created criminal penalties for legislators and executive branch officials who falsify financial reports,[85] and doubled the penalties for lobbyists who failed to comply with disclosure requirements.[86] The Senate rejected prohibiting legislators from paying their families with campaign funds with some saying it was unrelated to the current legislation and others that the payments were not a problem.[87][88] Additionally, they tabled his proposal to define Indian tribes as corporations and its members as stockholders so that they are required to contribute to candidates through political action committees instead of their tribal treasury.[89] Senators objected saying that they are already subjected to campaign laws for unincorporated entities and individuals and that the proposal was singling them out unfairly.[88] The reform package became law in September 2007.[80] In 2009, Vitter and Democratic Senator Russ Feingold announced an effort to end automatic pay raises for members of Congress[90]

Gun politics
Rated A by the National Rifle Association, Vitter has been a consistent champion of gun rights.[60] In April, 2006, in response to firearm confiscations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Vitter was the Senate sponsor of the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act, to prohibit federal funding for the confiscation of legally held firearms during a disaster.[61] Later, Vitter included the provisions of the act in an amendment to an appropriation bill for the Department Of Homeland Security.[62] The bill became law in September, 2006 with the amendment modified to allow for the temporary surrender of a firearm as a condition for entering a rescue or evacuation vehicle.[63] In February 2008, Vitter, along with Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, blocked the confirmation of Michael J. Sullivan as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) saying Sullivan supports "burdensome regulations" on gun owners and dealers and is "overly aggressive" enforcing gun laws. An editorial writer for The Boston Globe wrote that Vitter’s position was "unreasonable" because the guns Sullivan sought to control are those commonly used in crimes: those stolen or purchased on the black market.[64][65] On the other hand, gun rights advocates say that many gun dealers have lost their licenses for harmless bureaucratic errors.[66] Sullivan stayed on as acting head of the ATF until January 2009 to make way for the incoming President Barack Obama to name his own nominee.[67]

Ethics reform and term limits
Vitter has argued for ethics reform and term limits since he was in the Louisiana Legislature in the early 1990s.[68] As a Louisiana state legislator, Vitter successfully pushed through a term limits amendment to the state


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ties with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff who simultaneously lobbied against the casino. The chairman of the Senate committee investigating the lobbyist said, "The committee has seen absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Senator Vitter’s opposition to (the proposed casino) had to do with anything other than his long-standing opposition to gambling.[106] In 2007 and 2008, Vitter introduced a bill to prohibit Indian casinos such as Jena’s. Neither bill became law.[107][108][109]

Children’s health insurance program
In September 2007, Vitter opposed an increase of $35 billion for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the national program to provide health care for children from families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private health insurance. He said he preferred that private health insurance provide the needed care and deemed the bill as "Hillarycare", a reference to the 1993 Clinton health care plan created by Hillary Clinton which proposed universal health care.[91] The increase passed the Senate, 67 to 29 but was later vetoed by President Bush.[92] The SCHIP increase was finally enacted, despite Vitter voting nay a third time, in February 2009.[93][94]

In May 2001, Vitter authored an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which required all secondary schools receiving federal funding to permit US military recruitment on school grounds and to provide the name, home phone number and address of every student enrolled to military recruiters, unless the student (or the student’s parent) specifically opts out.[110][111][112] In February, 2007, Democratic Representative Michael M. Honda proposed the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2007 to change Vitter’s amendment from requiring high schools to provide military recruiters with students’ personal information unless they explicitly opt-out to requiring the student’s explicit consent first.[113][114] According to the Congressional Quarterly, Vitter stands behind the current provision. He stated, if changed, families who supported military recruiting may miss out if required to opt-in.[115] In May 2008, Vitter voted with the majority, despite President Bush’s and other conservative Republican’s opposition, for the passage of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 which expanded educational benefits for veterans similar to the level provided for returning World War II veterans in the G.I. Bill.[116][117][118]

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
In September 2007, during hearings of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Vitter expressed serious doubts about the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea treaty concerning issues of U.S. sovereignty[95] echoing an array of anti-UN conservative groups against the treaty[95][96] including The National Center for Public Policy Research,[97] the Heritage Foundation[98] and the Center for Security Policy.[99] The treaty, which sets up countries’ jurisdiction over their coasts and ocean including exploration and navigation rights,[100] is supported by the Bush administration, a majority of the United States Senate, the Pentagon, the State Department and Navy[101] as do a coalition of business and environmental groups.[102] The committee approved the treaty 17-4, with Vitter voting no.[103]

Ever since his days in the Louisiana State Legislature, Vitter has been a longtime foe of gambling.[104] Beginning in 2002, Vitter opposed the Indian group Jena Band’s bid to build a casino in Louisiana arguing that the build site was not historically part of their tribal lands. He lobbied the Interior Department and included language in an appropriations bill to stop the casino. Although the Interior Department gave its approval, the casino has not yet been approved by the state.[105] The Jena chief accused Vitter of

School board prayers
In 2005 Vitter introduced a resolution supporting prayer at school board meetings in response to an earlier district court decision that the Louisiana’s Tangipahoa Parish practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers was unconstitutional. The bill died in committee.[119][120] Vitter later reintroduced the resolution in January 2007 after a panel


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of the Fifth Circuit Court concluded that Christian prayers were unconstitutional but was undecided whether nonsectarian prayers were allowed. In July 2007, the full Fifth Circuit dismissed the case because of a lack of standing. The school board subsequently resumed prayer evocations but opened it to diverse community religions. Vitter’s bill died in committee.[120][121][122][123]

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Louisiana Family Forum earmark
In September, 2007, Vitter earmarked $100,000 in federal money for a Christian group, the Louisiana Family Forum,[133] known for challenging evolution by means of "teaching the controversy" which promotes intelligent design while discrediting evolution.[134] According to Vitter, the earmark was "to develop a plan to promote better science education".[133] Though the Louisiana Family Forum is largely forbidden from political activity due to its non-profit status,[135] The Times-Picayune alleged the group had close ties with Vitter.[133] However, they have criticized Vitter for his support of Rudy Giuliani.[136] On October 17, 2007, the liberal organization People For the American Way, along with several other groups asked the Senate to remove the earmark.[137][138] Vitter later withdrew it.[139][140]

Abstinence education
Vitter advocated abstinence-only sex education, emphasizing abstinence while excluding issues involving birth control and safe sex.[124] He said, "Abstinence education is a public health strategy focused on risk avoidance that aims to help young people avoid exposure to teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness."[125] According to Focus on the Family, Vitter was one of three conservative senators that convinced Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg to withdraw an amendment that would have restricted abstinence education to programs deemed to be "medically accurate".[126][127]

Child protection
In April 2008, Vitter introduced an amendment to continue funding the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which was excluded from the 2008/2009 budget. The federal program maintains a national sex offender registry, provides resources for tracking down unregistered offenders and increases penalties for the sexual assault of children. His amendment received bi-partisan support.[141][142]

Same-sex marriage
Vitter professes that marriage is a sacred vow between a man and a woman. In 2003, Vitter proposed to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same sex marriages.[128] In 2004, he said, "This is a real outrage. The Hollywood left is redefining the most basic institution in human history...We need a U.S. Senator who will stand up for Louisiana values, not Massachusetts’s values."[129] In June 2006, he said "I don’t believe there’s any issue that’s more important than this one ... I think this debate is very healthy, and it’s winning a lot of hearts and minds. I think we’re going to show real progress."[130] In 2006, he told The Times-Picayune, “I’m a conservative who opposes radically redefining marriage, the most important social institution in human history.”[131] In October 2005, at a Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee luncheon, Vitter compared gay marriage to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which came through the same geographical areas. Vitter said "It’s the crossroads where Katrina meets Rita. I always knew I was against same-sex unions."[132]

Republican Party reputation
With concerns being raised about the Republican Party’s prospects in the 2008 election, Vitter said, "It’s certainly true that national Republicans need to improve their brand. Perhaps folks should actually take some cues from Republicans in Louisiana. At home, we’re the party of reform and positive changes versus failed past and the good ol’ boys."[143]

Tea Parties
In recognition of the Tea Party protests protesting President Barack Obama’s policies, Vitter proposed Senate Resolution 98, which would designate April 15, 2009 and April 15, 2010 as "National TEA Party Day". As of April 2009, the bill has no cosponsors


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and has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary with no scheduled action.[144]

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on October 12, 1999, and the last on February 27, 2001.[151] Two calls were placed while House roll call votes were in progress.[152][153] 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. Following Vitter’s remarks, Wendy Vitter, his wife, spoke. Both refused to answer any questions.[154][155][156] As background, several news outlets reported that in May 1999, Vitter replaced Congressman Bob Livingston after Livingston resigned due to an adultery scandal.[5][131][157] Vitter said about Livingston’s decision to resign, "It’s obviously a tremendous loss for the state. I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess", referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal of President Bill Clinton.[158] Vitter is unlikely to face criminal charges due to the statute of limitations.[159] Vitter apologized to GOP Senate colleagues but avoided the press who repeatedly attempted to talk to him.[160] On November 13, 2007, the attorney for Palfrey served Vitter with a subpoena to force him to testify at a November 28, 2007 hearing about whether an act of prostitution occurred with a Palfrey escort and when.[161][162] The following week, the judge in the case canceled the hearing.[163] Palfrey’s attorney indicated he planned to subpoena Vitter to testify at her 2008 criminal trial,[164] even though Vitter might have pled the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination[165] but in the end he wasn’t called to testify.[166] Vitter refused to comment on the matter.[167] After Senator Larry Craig was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for acting improperly after his arrest for lewd contact toward another man in an airport bathroom in February 2008, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington questioned why the committee had not taken similar action against Vitter.[168] The committee later dismissed the complaint.[169] Vitter incurred significant legal and public relations expenses in his efforts to avoid giving testimony in the Palfrey trial and to respond to the ethics complaint. Consequently, his attorneys sought permission from the

Obama nominations
Vitter and Jim DeMint were the only two Senators that voted against Hillary Clinton’s confirmation for the position of Secretary of State under the new Obama administration, on January 21, 2009.[145] Senator Vitter blocked President Obama’s nominee for the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator until he received a written commitment on flood control issues from the nominee and FEMA. The New York Times, along with fellow Republican Senators, criticized Vitter for what it characterized as political posturing, given that the hurricane season was quickly approaching. He lifted his hold on May 12, 2009.[146][147]

Prostitution scandal
D.C. Madam
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 magazine identified the phone number and contacted Vitter’s office to ask about his connection to Palfrey.[148][149] The following day, Vitter issued a written statement: This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there - with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.[150] The statement containing Vitter’s apology said his telephone number was included in phone records dating from his days as a member of the House of Representatives.[9] Phone records show that Vitter’s number was called by Palfrey’s service five times, the first


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Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to pay for these ex[170][171] The Commission, along parpenses. tisan lines, couldn’t agree whether funds could be used for reimbursing costs related to the Palfrey trial but did allow them to pay for expenses connected to the Ethics Committee complaint.[172][173][174]

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ovation" which she characterized as hypocritical by contrasting this with the Republican attitude toward President Clinton’s marital infidelity.[190] The applause came after Vitter privately apologized to his colleagues.[32] Republican Senator Sam Brownback told Bloomberg Television on October 5, 2007 that Vitter should be censured by the Senate. He said, "I think you could see something like that taking place. If you look at the actual crime itself and the discussion across the country – and as a Republican – this is bad."[191] In July 2007, The New York Times reported that Vitter’s chairmanship of Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid was in doubt due to the controversy[131] but his job was ultimately secure[192] though "quietly marginalized".[32][193] In December, 2007, an editorial in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana claimed that Vitter had lost influence due to the controversy.[194] In the same month, Time magazine listed the controversy as one of the top ten awkward moments of 2007.[195] In a similar vein when the Eliott Spitzer prostitution scandal, then governor of New York, hit the headlines, commentators contrasted the end-results: Spitzer resigned while Vitter stayed on.[196][197][198] In response, Jeff Crouere, a New Orleans conservative political commentator, called on Vitter to resign saying he was an ineffective representative and reflected poorly on the state.[199] Other local political figures differed with Crouere. Democratic political consultant James Carville said the two cases were entirely different: Spitzer’s situation developed from an active investigation and as a former prosecutor and governor he had powerful enemies. In contrast, Carville described Vitter as "Louisiana’s junior senator and nobody really knows him or cares that much about him," but concluded that, "if they paid with their own money, I don’t think either one should resign." The Louisiana Republican governor Bobby Jindal said, "Senator Vitter has already addressed this.... The people of New York can deal with the Governor of New York.”[200] Additionally, one gauge of the scandal’s impact, local fundraising, indicated that Vitter has weathered the controversy well: first quarter 2008 finance reports show that he made, according to The Times-Picayune, an "impressive haul".[201] Another gauge, voter approval, indicates

Canal Street Madam
On July 10, 2007, Jeanette Maier, the "Canal Street Madam", alleged that Vitter was a customer on more than one occasion in the 1990s, when Maier was identified by federal prosecutors as operating a $300 per hour brothel.[175] The Times-Picayune reported that "Maier offered no evidence or documents to support her claim."[176] Maier said that Vitter "was not a freak. He was not into anything unusual or kinky or weird," and that he favored one prostitute in particular, Wendy Cortez,[177][178][179][180] the name of the prostitute with whom Vitter had been accused, during his 2004 campaign, of having had a lengthy affair. Vitter denied that allegation during the campaign.[181] On July 12, Cortez told the Times-Picayune that Vitter was "a regular customer" during his time in the state legislature, but that they "did not have a romantic relationship." [182] On September 12, 2007, The Times-Picayune reported that the woman, whose real name was Wendy Ellis, had passed a lie detector exam.[183]

While the Louisiana state Republican Party offered guarded support,[184] national Republicans offered forgiveness.[185] The liberal magazine the Nation predicted that the Republican Party would be in a "forgiving mood" pointing out if Vitter did step down, then governor of Louisiana, Democratic Kathleen Blanco would likely appoint a Democrat to take Vitter’s place until a special election took place, thus increasing Democratic control over the Senate.[186][187][188] Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News agreed, saying that since there is a Democratic governor in Louisiana, "they were afraid if they slapped around Vitter too much, that seat would go Democratic."[189] Marianne Means, a syndicated columnist for Hearst Newspapers, reported that Republican senators gave Vitter a "loud standing


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Vitter is, as of June 2008, still popular with Louisiana voters.[202] Vitter once again received unwanted attention after the suicide of Palfrey in May 2008.[203][204][205]

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United States House of Representatives Preceded by Bob Livingston

David Vitter

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Succeeded by Bobby Jindal from Louisiana’s 1st congressional district 1999 – 2005 United States Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana 2005 – present
Served alongside: Mary Landrieu

United States Senate Preceded by John Breaux Incumbent

Order of precedence in the United States of America Preceded by Johnny Isakson

United States Senators by seniority 72nd

Succeeded by Mel Martinez

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• Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission • Campaign contributions at • Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart • Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues • Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at • Current Bills Sponsored at • Congressional profile at • Profile at SourceWatch Congresspedia • David Vitter for U.S. Senate site • - website of the Vitter family Maintained by David Vitter’s brother Jeffrey Vitter Persondata NAME ALTERNATIVE NAMES SHORT DESCRIPTION DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH U.S. Senator from Louisiana May 3, 1961 New Orleans, Louisiana Vitter, David Bruce

External links
• United States Senator David Vitter, Senate site • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress • Voting record maintained by The Washington Post

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