David Vitter

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David Vitter
U.S. Senator from Louisiana
From: January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2017
Predecessor John B. Breaux
Successor Pending
U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 1st District
From: May 29, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Predecessor Bob Livingston
Successor Bobby Jindal
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Wendy Baldwin Vitter
Religion Roman Catholic

David Vitter (born 1961) is a Republican Senator from Louisiana — the first member of his party in the United States Senate since Reconstruction. Vitter was a Representative from New Orleans from 1999-2004. He is one of the leading backers of a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.


Vitter started his congressional career in 1999 after winning a special election to replace the disgraced U. S. Representative Bob Livingston of Louisiana's 1st congressional district, who resigned during the Bill Clinton impeachment affair after it was revealed that he was having an extra-marital affair. In October 29, 1998, Vitter penned a strongly worded editorial for the New Orleans Times-Picayune in which he argued forClinton's impeachment. Vitter said "Some current polls may suggest that people are turned off by the whole Clinton mess and don't care — because the stock market is good, the Clinton spin machine is even better or other reasons. But that doesn't answer the question of whether President Clinton should be impeached and removed from office because he is morally unfit to govern." [1]


In July, 2007, it was revealed that Vitter's phone number turned up in the records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who ran a Washington, D.C. escort service. Vitter, who is married and has four children, admitted to "a very serious sin", and stated that he had been forgiven by God and his wife. [2]

Campaign for governor

Vitter was handily defeated in a race on November 21, 2015, for governor of Louisiana. He lost to Democratic challenger, State Representative John Bel Edwards, a long-time supporter of U.S. President Barack H. Obama and Hillary Clinton. Edwards consistently led in pre-election polls in the race.

After his defeat for governor, Vitter announced that he would not seek a third term in the Senate in 2016.

External links


  1. Vitter, David. The Times-Picayune "IMPEACHMENT: FITNESS, NOT ABILITY" October 29, 1998 METRO; Pg. B7
  2. CNN: Hustler says it revealed senator's link to escort service