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  Vitter, David
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AffiliationRepublican  
<-  2011-01-03  
 
NameDavid Vitter
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Metairie, Louisiana , United States
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Born May 03, 1961
Died Still Living (52 years)
ContributorRalphie
Last ModifiedPaul
Oct 27, 2013 07:12pm
Tags Caucasian - Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Free Trade - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Married - Catholic -
InfoDavid Bruce Vitter

Senator David Vitter has a long history of service to Louisiana.

He first arrived in Washington in 1999 representing the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vitter worked intently to address the needs of his constituents and Louisiana and gained a reputation as an independent reformer.

In Congress, Vitter spearheaded several successful Louisiana initiatives, including passing legislation to provide $115 million for Lake Pontchartrain cleanup efforts with local stakeholders around the 16-parish basin, securing significant federal support for anticorruption investigations in the state and funding key job creation initiatives like the Maritime Technology Center at Avondale.

Through his unique position as Louisiana’s sole member of the House Appropriations Committee, Vitter has worked to fund important Louisiana projects, such as securing federal funding to assist the state’s crime labs with buying equipment to process its DNA backlog, working to ensure vital funding for veteran’s health care and helping strengthen our military bases to help Louisiana prepare for and survive the next round of Base Realignment and Closure.

Vitter has taken active roles on several criminal justice issues through his role in as vice-chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee. In this role, he was a major supporter of obtaining enhanced communication equipment for law enforcement to coordinate state, local and federal efforts, and he secured significant federal support for anticorruption crackdowns so businesses will find a better economic climate in Louisiana that is free of cronyism.

Louisiana loses miles and miles of coastline every year, endangering our people, our livelihood and our way of life. While in the U.S. House, Vitter worked with President Bush to secure a significant federal commitment to fund the state’s fight against coastal erosion. In July of 2004, a $1.9 billion federal commitment to coastal restoration work was announced with $1.2 billion fast-tracked. These fast-track projects are not only part of the current efforts to save our coast now, but they also lay the groundwork for and inform our future restoration efforts.

Because trade is so important to Louisiana agriculture industries, Vitter fights not only to maximize the export potential for Louisiana products, but also to protect Louisiana agriculture industries, including crawfish, shrimp, timber and dairy from unjust trade deals and unfair foreign trade practices.

Vitter has been a strong supporter of tax incentives to help businesses and is a leading proponent of the fight to eliminate the onerous federal death tax. He also supported legislation to help businesses cope with the high cost of health care, through the extension of Association Health Plans and Medical Savings Accounts, and he has fought to implement real tort reform in federal courts.

To help make affordable, accessible health care available to all Louisiana citizens, Vitter has worked to implement common sense reforms to our Medicare program and to advance a real Patients’ Bill of Rights. He helped create new Health Savings Accounts and other tax credits to help families with the high cost of health care. Vitter also worked to implement a voluntary prescription drug plan for seniors in Medicare, to strengthen Medicare + Choice plans and to lower taxes on Social Security benefits.

Funding for quality education is an important priority for Vitter, because he recognizes the link between education, good paying jobs and securing our children’s future in the 21st century. That’s why he worked to secure $1.3 million for a statewide initiative to improve technology in Louisiana’s schools.

During his time in Congress, Vitter has been an advocate of the state’s oil, gas and chemical industries. Understanding the historic and economic significance these industries play in Louisiana, Vitter has pursued legislation that would make these businesses safer and more robust. He voted for a comprehensive energy bill – and will work to see one pass in the Senate – that addresses the many facets of our nation’s energy needs by ensuring efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly energy for generations to come.

An original member of the I-49 Congressional Caucus and a former member of the House Transportation Committee, Vitter has spearheaded several successful initiatives to address critical transportation needs in Louisiana. He has focused his transportation priorities on helping Louisiana improve safety, manage growth and support economic development, and he has secured federal funding for road projects throughout the state, such as a $1 million pilot program to repair the state’s bridges.

For his work in Congress, Vitter has received numerous awards from leading organizations, such as Americans for Tax Reform, the National Association of Manufacturers, the 60 + Association and the Family Research Council.
Prior to his service in Congress, Vitter served seven and one-half years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. During that tenure he repealed the state inheritance tax, passed legislative term limits, passed numerous anticrime measures and filed successful ethics actions to end abuses of the Tulane Legislative Scholarship Program and block illegal riverboat casino deals promoted by then-Governor Edwin Edwards. For his efforts, Vitter was honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the Alliance for Good Government and “Outstanding Legislator” by Victims and Citizens Against Crime, from which he also received a lifetime achievement award.

While serving in the state Legislature, Vitter was a business attorney and adjunct law professor at Loyola and Tulane universities. He and his wife Wendy live in Metairie with their four children, age 12 and under, and are lectors at St. Francis Xavier Church.


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
02/06/2014-02/09/2014 Public Policy Polling (D) 51.00% ( 8.0) 33.00% ( 7.0) 16.00% ( 1.0)
08/16/2013-08/19/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 43.00% ( 0.0) 40.00% ( 3.0) 17.00% ( 3.0)
04/30/2013-05/01/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 43.00% ( 10.0) 37.00% ( 4.0) 20.00% ( 14.0)
03/18/2013-03/20/2013 Southern Media & Opinion 58.00% ( 2.0) 35.00% ( 5.0) 7.00% ( 3.0)
11/15/2010-11/17/2010 Southern Media & Opinion 56.00% ( 2.0) 40.00% ( 6.0) 4.00% ( 4.0)
08/21/2010-08/22/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 53.00% ( 8.0) 41.00% ( 2.0) 6.00% ( 5.0)
06/12/2010-06/13/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 1.0) 43.00% ( 7.0) 11.00% ( 9.0)
07/17/2009-07/19/2009 Public Policy Polling (D) 44.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 0.0) 20.00% ( 0.0)
04/13/2009-04/16/2009 Southern Media & Opinion 58.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 8.00% ( 0.0)
10/12/2006-10/15/2006 Survey USA 60.00% ( 3.0) 32.00% ( 2.0) 8.00% ( 1.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
08/14/2013-08/15/2013 Harper Polling 47.00% ( 0.0) 35.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Sep 13, 2013 02:50pm News David Vitter wants ethics probe of Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer  Article Brandon 
Sep 19, 2011 09:00am News Report: Vitter sought DOE loans  Article Brandon 
Sep 08, 2011 10:35am Amusing Senate votes force David Vitter to remain in Washington for president's speech  Article Brandon 
Sep 06, 2011 03:00pm General Sen. David Vitter blames Plaquemines Parish flooding on lack of federal levees  Article Brandon 
Jun 21, 2011 01:10pm Scandal Watchdog: Sen. Vitter tried to ‘bribe’ Sec. Salazar with pay raise  Article Craverguy 
May 26, 2011 10:00am Amusing Sen. Vitter's spokesman dares Obama administration to prosecute his boss  Article Brandon 

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