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Senator David Vitter
David Vitter is dedicated to making life better for his young family and all Louisiana families. He's focused on putting Louisiana first as an independent and outspoken reformer, and on advancing mainstream conservative principles.
David made history in 2004 as the first Republican ever elected to the U.S. Senate by the people of Louisiana, and the first to win an open Louisiana U.S. Senate or gubernatorial position without a runoff.
In the Senate, David serves on the Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Working on these committees allows David to focus on jobs, infrastructure, and economic development for every region of the state. He's been particularly focused on lowering prescription drug prices, saving our coast, and preserving and improving Social Security for future generations.
Prior to his election to the Senate, David represented the First Congressional District of Louisiana from 1999 - 2004. During that tenure, he authored and passed legislation establishing a prescription drug program for military retirees, advancing missile defense, and cleaning up Lake Pontchartrain.
For his work in Congress, David has received numerous awards from leading organizations such as Americans for Tax Reform, the 60 + Association, and the Family Research Council.
Prior to his service in Congress, David served seven and one-half years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. While there he repealed the state inheritance tax, authored and passed legislative term limits, advanced numerous anti-crime measures, and filed successful ethics actions to end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, David 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 legislature, he was a business attorney and an adjunct law professor at Loyola and Tulane Universities.
David and his wife Wendy live in Metairie with their four children, ages 12 and under, and are lectors at St. Francis Xavier Church.