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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 Claitor sponsored legislation to omit an outdated and unconstitutional state statute dealing with the teaching of creationism in public schools.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.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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