David Vitter

Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter says he has been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The assignment sets him in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress.

Those include fights over President Obama's nominee for the attorney general, and the president's immigration plan to help those living in the United States illegally.

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Two groups that advocate for campaign finance reform are raising questions about the operations of a super PAC formed by backers of Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter.

The Advocate reports the groups — Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, — have asked the Federal Elections Commission to look into the possible solicitation of illegal campaign contributions.

A super PAC supporting Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is asking a federal judge to throw out the state's donor limits to political action committees.

The Fund for Louisiana's Future filed a lawsuit in New Orleans federal court Tuesday, challenging the limits as an unconstitutional limit on political speech.

Louisiana currently caps contributions to PACs at $100,000 for each election cycle. Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited funds to help candidates at the federal level.

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Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter has announced he’ll be running for governor next year. He’s telling supporters he can have a bigger impact in Baton Rouge than in Washington.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who easily won re-election in 2010 after seeing his career put in jeopardy by a prostitution scandal just three years before, confirmed Tuesday that he will run for governor in his state in 2015.

Vitter Enters Race for Louisiana Governor

Jan 21, 2014

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race.

Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana."

The Associated Press obtained the announcement from Vitter's staff.

Vitter's announcement ends months of speculation. His decision is expected to influence which other potential candidates enter the race.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited.

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets Thursday to discuss reforms to the Army Corps of Engineers.

One of Louisiana’s senators, David Vitter, now sits as the ranking minority member of the committee.

A Washington fundraising heavyweight is helping to set up federal and state super PACs to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a move that heightens speculation that Vitter is eyeing a bid to run for governor.

Lawyer Charlie Spies told The Associated Press that Vitter supporters filed paperwork Monday with federal and state agencies creating The Fund for Louisiana's Future, a pro-Vitter political action committee.

The federal super PAC could support a Vitter re-election bid in 2016, while a state PAC could aid him if he decides to launch a gubernatorial campaign in 2015.

U.S. Senator David Vitter has been named deputy Senate whip and will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The committee has jurisdiction over levees, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and two major bills coming up this year: the highway bill and the Water Resources Development Act.

Vitter also remains on the Small Business, the Armed Services, the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committees.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he's canceled Vitter two town hall meetings in north Louisiana because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Louisiana Republican said meetings today in Lake Providence and on Tuesday in Winnsboro have been canceled.