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Sen. Daniel Claitor
(R) Baton Rouge

Daniel Albert Claitor is a Baton Rouge attorney and a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate. He defeated fellow Republican Lee Domingue, a Baton Rouge businessman, in a special election held on April 4, 2009, for the District 16 seat vacated by Republican U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy.

Senator Claitor currently serves on the Senate Education, Finance, and Health & Welfare Committees. He is Vice Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and also on the Select High School Interscholastic Athletics Committee and the Statutory Joint Committee on the Budget. During the 2013 legislative session, Sen. Claitor sponsored legislation to omit an outdated and unconstitutional state statute dealing with the teaching of creationism in public schools. The effort failed after lawmakers said voters could misunderstand the vote as anti-religion.

Claitor was born and reared within the boundaries of his Baton Rouge senatorial district. His family operates Claitor's Bookstore. Claitor's formal schooling began at the age of three in the preschool of the Department of Home Economics at Louisiana State University. He graduated in 1979 from Robert E. Lee High School and then returned to LSU to complete in 1983 a bachelor of science degree in finance. Claitor obtained his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans. In 1987, Claitor was named as an assistant district attorney for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office.

Claitor entered private practice in Baton Rouge in 1990. He and his wife, the former Sharmaine Leblanc, have two sons, Sam and James Claitor.

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