Wednesday, October 24, 2012

David Vitter


David Vitter

Senator                        Louisiana                      Republican
Elected 2004

Armed Services
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Environment and Public Works
Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                    5
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                       13
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                           0       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                         0
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                         67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                95
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                         100

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                        95
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                89
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                               95
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                        oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

No       Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
No       Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal Washington DC limits on firearms and ban on assault weapons
No       Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court
No       Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
No       Regulate Financial Firms
            New federal regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
No       Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
No       Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Yes      Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
No       Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                David Vitter (R)            715,415  57%                          12,560,392
                        Charlie Melancon (D)   476,572  38                                3,957,917

2004 Primary   David Vitter (R)            943,014  51%                            7,206,714
                        Chris John (D)              542,150  29                               4,868,165
                        John Kennedy (D)        275,821  15                               1,919,874

Population 2010:                      4,533,372
State Rank:                               25th
Change since 2000:                 up 1.4%

Urban:                                      70%
Rural:                                       30

New Orleans                             343,829
Baton Rouge                            229,493
Shreveport                               199,311
Metairie CDP                          138,481

Median Income:                           42,438
Median Home Value:                131,800

Private Employment:                  77%
Government Employment:         17
Self-Employed:                             6
Poverty:                                    18
Blue Collar:                              25
White Collar:                            56

Median Age:                             36
Over 65:                                    12%
Under 18:                                  25

High School Graduates:            81%
College Graduates:                   21
Graduate Degree:                       7

Veterans:                                    9%

Registered Voters 2010:
Democrats:                               1,485,385
Republicans:                                768,163
Independents:                              679,207
Voter Turnout -                         1,297,150
Turnout, Voting Age -              38%

White:                                      60%
Black:                                       32
Hispanic:                                    4
Asian:                                         2         

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                   1,148,275        59%
Barack Obama (D) -                   782,989        40

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            1,102,169        57%
John Kerry (D) -                         820,299        42

David Vitter's Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

No       Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
No       Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
No       Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
No       Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
Yes      Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
Yes      Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
No       Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
No       Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
Yes      Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in the 109th Congress:  2005 – 2006

No       Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Limit debate on proposal to permanently repeal estate tax
No       Raise Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $7.25
Yes      Confirm Samuel Alito
            Confirm Samuel Alito as Associate Justice, Supreme Court
No       Path to Citizenship
            Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Yes      Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Limit debate on Constitutional amendment for marriage to man, woman
No       Stem Cell Research Funding
            Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            Prohibit minors crossing borders for abortion without parental consent
No       CAFTA
            Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Urge Iraq Withdrawal
            Start withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2006
No       Provide Detainee Rights
            Habeas Corpus rights for military detainees

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