|David Bruce Vitter|
U.S. Senator from Louisiana
January 3, 2005 – Janary 3, 2017
|Preceded by||John Breaux|
|Succeeded by||John Neely Kennedy|
U.S. Representative for Louisiana's
1st congressional district
May 29, 1999 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Bob Livingston|
|Succeeded by||Bobby Jindal|
Louisiana State Representative for District 81
|Preceded by||David Duke|
|Succeeded by||Jennifer Sneed Heebe|
|Born|| May 3, 1961|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Spouse(s)||Wendy Baldwin Vitter|
|Residence||Metairie, Jefferson Parish|
|Alma mater|| Harvard University|
Magdalen College, Oxford
David Bruce Vitter (born May 3, 1961) is a Republican former U.S. Senator from Louisiana — the first member of his party in the upper legislative chamber since the Reconstruction era. A resident of suburban New Orleans, Vitter was a U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district from 1999 to 2004. He was among the leading backers of a failed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, which was sanctioned in 2015 by the United States Supreme Court.
After eight years in the state House, Vitter began his congressional career in 1999, when he was victorious in 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 while criticizing the president's indiscretions. In October 29, 1998, Vitter penned a strongly worded editorial for the New Orleans Times-Picayune in which he argued for Clinton'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." 
In July 2007, it was revealed that Vitter's phone number turned up in the records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who ran an escort service in Washington, D.C. Vitter, married with four children, admitted to "a very serious sin", and stated that he had been forgiven by God and his wife, the former Wendy Baldwin.
In 2009, pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, a Baton Rouge native, said that she would challenge Vitter's second-term reelection bid in 2010, but she never sought the Senate seat. Daniels, who in 2018 alleges an affair in 2006 with since President Donald Trump, said that her slogan had she run would have been "Stormy Daniels: Screwing People Honestly." Vitter went on to win his second term easily over the Democrat U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon.
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 Rodham Clinton. Edwards consistently led in pre-election polls in the race. Edwards focused his campaign on Vitter's connection with the escort service though Vitter had won reelection in 2010 with the issue having barely surfaced in the political discussion.
After his defeat for governor, Vitter announced that he would not seek a third term in the Senate in 2016. After numerous failed campaigns, David Duke ran to succeed Vitter for the Senate but finished in seventh place among twenty-four candidates with 3 percent of the ballots cast. The sixth-placed candidate, Rob Maness, a retired colonel in the United States Air Force, had backed Vitter in the governor's race through his Gator political action committee. Other eliminated candidates were U.S. Representatives Charles Boustany of Lafayette and John Fleming of Minden. Vitter was succeeded on January 3, 2017, by Republican state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, who defeated the Democrat Foster Lonnie Campbell, Jr., on a runoff contest held on December 10, 2016.
- Vitter, David. The Times-Picayune "IMPEACHMENT: FITNESS, NOT ABILITY" October 29, 1998 METRO; Pg. B7
- CNN: Hustler says it revealed senator's link to escort service
- Election Returns. Louisiana Secretary of State (November 8, 2016). Retrieved on November 10, 2016.