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Sen. David Vitter

Former Senator for Louisiana

Vitter, a Republican, was a senator from Louisiana from 2005 to 2016.

He was previously the representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district (1999-2004).

Congressional misconduct:

In 2012 Vitter was investigated for demanding the issuance Gulf of Mexico deep water permits from the Secretary of the Interior in exchange for dropping his block on a proposed salary increase for the Secretary. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges because there did not appear to be any Senate rule or any law in place prohibiting Vitter's actions. In 2014, Senator Vitter lost the election for Louisiana Governor and did not run again for the Senate.

In 2008 Vitter was investigated for hiring prostitutes. The Senate Select Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges because the solicitation happened before his Senate term, did not involve public funds and did not result in criminal charges. In 2014, Senator Vitter lost the election for Louisiana Governor and did not run again for the Senate.

Photo of Sen. David Vitter [R-LA, 2005-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Vitter.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Vitter is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Vitter sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Vitter was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Vitter sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (16%) Taxation (14%) Commerce (14%) Immigration (12%) Education (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Environmental Protection (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Vitter’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Vitter’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Dec 9, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 85/12.
The Every Child Achieves Act is a bipartisan educational policy reform bill that would expand state responsibility over schools, provide grants to charter schools, and reduce the federal test-based accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bill was referred to the ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.R. 4302 (113th): Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
Mar 31, 2014. Bill Passed 64/35.
Section 212 of this bill pushed back the deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set to October 1, 2015. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013, which would prevent ICD-10 from being implemented at all without further Congressional approval, has been introduced in House and ...
Nay On the Nomination PN554: Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of ...
Aug 1, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 87/10.
Nay S. 223 (112th): FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
Feb 17, 2011. Bill Passed 87/8.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay S. 1390 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
Jul 23, 2009. Bill Passed 87/7.
Nay S. 3001 (110th): Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
Sep 17, 2008. Bill Passed 88/8.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2016, Vitter missed 272 of 3,643 roll call votes, which is 7.5%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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