U. S. Senator David Bruce Vitter

Person ID: I12 


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  • Gender Male 
    Notes 
    • David's godparents are sister Donna and brother Mark. He attended St. Rita school, Christian Brothers School, De La Salle High School, Harvard University, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Tulane Law School. David won his first elected seat in 1991, when he was elected to represent Metairie, LA in the Louisiana State Legislature. The seat was formerly occupied by David Duke. David was going to run against incumbent Duke, but Duke dropped out to instead run for governor (in the famous gubernatorial election in which the pro-Edwards' bumper stickers implored, "Vote for the crook!"). David got about 68% of the vote in the first primary, so he didn't have to run in the general election. He was unopposed for reelection in 1995.

      In May 1999, after Bob Livingston resigned during the Clinton impeachment hearings, David was elected to the U.S. Congress from the 1st Louisiana Congressional District. He finished second to then-71-year old ex-Gov. Dave Treen in the first primary, just ahead of David Duke and Monica Monica. David won the runoff with a margin of about 1800 votes out of a total of 120,000 cast. Campaign principals included Arta Ault, Kurt Englehart, Claude Kelly, Jim St. Raymond, Al Vitter, Mark Vitter, David's secretary, and of course campaign manager Wendy Vitter. Jeff Vitter was able to help campaigning during election days in both the first primary and runoff, while en route to conferences in the U.S. from France, where he and family were on sabbatical that year. Tootie drove in from Atlanta, and Jim, Joli, and Jason were able to make the first primary, and Donna did some campaigning too.

      David won reelection in 2000 and 2002 with margins of roughly 70% and 80%, both in the first primary with multliple opponents. David won the U.S. Senate race in 2004 to fill the seat being vacated by John Breaux. He got 51% of the vote in the open primary on November 2 (the day George Bush was elected for his second term), and thus a runoff wasn't needed. He faced five democratic opponents, the closest one getting 29%. He won reelection in 2010 against Charlie Melancon, but decided not to run in 2016 and unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2015 against John Bel Edwards.

      David's babysitters included Catherine Roche and Mrs. Oswald. Mrs. Roche, who also babysat Jeff when he was younger, was very gregarious. After a Mardi Gras parade one night, Tawo said, "That Roche, she's a chatterbox!" Mrs. Roche lived on Third Street, the first block off the river (off Tchopitoulas St.). Her husband worked at the Municipal Auditorium. She lived in a nursing home on the West Bank in her later years.
    Siblings
     1. Dr. Albert Leopold Vitter, III (ID:I8)
     2. Martha Louise Vitter (ID:I9)
     3. Donna Vitter (ID:I10)
     4. John Mark Vitter, MD (ID:I11)
     5. Dr. Jeffrey Scott Vitter (ID:I1785),   b. 13 Nov 1955, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Parents

    Family ID: F5296 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Albert Leopold Vitter, Jr. (ID:I15155),   b. 23 Dec 1915, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 2003, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Audrey Malvina St. Raymond (ID:I16565),   b. 20 Dec 1920, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 2005, Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1943  St. Matthias Catholic Church, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding Day
    Reference Number 1474 

    Family

    Family ID: F12 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart 21 Feb 2021   
    Wife Judge Wendy Lee Freret Baldwin (ID:I1189) 
    Children 
      1. Dr. Sophie Rault Vitter (ID:I1190)
      2. Julia Lise Vitter (ID:I1191)
      3. Airey Morgan Vitter (ID:I1192)
      4. John David Vitter (ID:I2003)
  • Histories
    A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires
    A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires
    Jeff Vitter's parents A. L. Jr. & Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter (grandparent names Père and Mimi) led accomplished lives of extraordinary service and caring for others — a legacy for generations to follow (including many Domers and a killer cookbook!).
    Après le <em>Aha!</em> moment (et avant aussi!)
    Après le Aha! moment (et avant aussi!)
    As highlighted in the history "The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website," Jeff Vitter made a big breakthrough in December 2000 when he discovered when, where, and how his Vitter ancestors came from Europe to the USA. Much correspondence behind the scenes led up to and beyond that discovery. This history gives an inside look at the correspondences that genealogists engage in and how what we understand grows (we hope!) with time.
    Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie
    Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie
    Rex and Queenie — half-ton cast-iron Newfoundland dogs — have stood guard over Vitter-Artigues homes in New Orleans for about 110 years and have a fascinating (and still mysterious) genealogy of their own.
    Photos from Mimi's Homecoming Weekend, June 2006
    Photos from Mimi's Homecoming Weekend, June 2006
    We couldn't bury Audrey "Mimi" (née St. Raymond) Vitter in New Orleans at the time of her death because of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. When her body was brought back home for reburial eight months later, it was a time for several family events and to celebrate her life.
    Three Vitters of the French Resistance
    Three Vitters of the French Resistance
    World War II saw France divided and conquered by Hitler's Third Reich, and Louis, Roger, and Pierre Vitter went underground to fight as part of the Resistance.
    Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years
    Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years
    'Tis the Season to be jolly! Welcome to a tradition starting in 1945 spanning several generations of annual Christmas greeting cards, augmented from time to time with cards for other occasions.
    Articles
    <em>Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home</em>
    Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home
    Judge Wendy Vitter put together a wonderful cook book in honor of Mimi's 78th birthday in 1998, entitled Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home. The cook book consists of the family's favorite recipes of Mimi's, along with several bons mots, family trivia, and memories. The name for the cook book came from the family's tradition of having Thursday night dinner at Mimi & Pere's.

    When the Vitter kids were younger, a similar tradition existed at Mimi's parents' home at 3539 Napoleon, where Mémère and Pépère would host everyone to Wednesday night dinner, often roast chicken. Jeff liked to make little chicken sandwiches with the chicken, biscuits, and gravy.

  • Source Citations

    1. [S1000] Newspaper, Magazine, or Media Outlet.
      1943
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter wedding announcement from, 27 Jun 1943.


    2. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires.
      Jeff Vitter's parents A. L. Jr. & Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter (grandparent names Père and Mimi) led accomplished lives of extraordinary service and caring for others — a legacy for generations to follow (including many Domers and a killer cookbook!).
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/ALandAudreyVitter.php