10 Things You Didn't Know About David Vitter

He was elected to the Senate in 2004.

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1. David Vitter was born in New Orleans on May 3, 1961, to Audrey and Albert Vitter, a petroleum engineer. He was the youngest of six children.

2. He says his favorite job was during a summer in high school when he painted for Blaine Kern Artists, a Mardi Gras float-building company in New Orleans.

3. He graduated from De La Salle High School in New Orleans in 1979 and attended Harvard University, earning a bachelor's degree in social studies in 1983. He studied at England's Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.

4. He returned to his hometown for law school, receiving a J.D. from Tulane University in 1988. He was editor of Tulane's Law Review.

5. After practicing business litigation for four years, he served in Louisiana's House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999. That year, he won a special election to fill the seat of U.S. Rep. Robert Livingston Jr., who resigned in an infidelity scandal. Vitter was re-elected twice.

6. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and is now seeking re-election.

7. In 2007, Vitter faced his own sex scandal when Hustler magazine identified him as a client of the "D.C. Madam" prostitution ring. He acknowledged a "very serious sin."

8. His favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird, The Last Gentleman, A Confederacy of Dunces, and And Then There Were None.

9. An amateur architect, he drew the initial design for the house where he lives with his wife, Wendy, and their four children in Metairie, La.

10. He and his wife are lectors at St. Francis Xavier, a Catholic church in Metairie.

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