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Panelist Bio


Sen. Daniel Claitor
(R) Baton Rouge

Senator Dan Claitor was born and raised in Baton Rouge. He is a product of Baton Rouge public schools. He is a 1979 graduate of Robert E. Lee High, where he wrestled, played football and was senior class president. He is a 1983 graduate of LSU with a B.S. in Finance. Dan is a 1987 Graduate of Loyola Law School of New Orleans.

Dan tried his first jury trial when he was a senior in law school. That same year, he was the winner of the Charles C. Foti, Jr. Award for Excellence in The Field of Criminal Justice. Dan’s initial public service began in 1987 as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish. In 1989, as an ADA in Orleans, Dan tried more cases by himself than the entire EBR DA’s Office did collectively. In 1991, Dan entered private practice, serving clients in both civil and criminal court. Dan is rated AV by Martindale-Hubble.

Dan has been the Louisiana State Senator for District 16 (the southern and eastern portions of EBR) since April 14, 2009. He was involved in a rough and tumble initial campaign. He was actively opposed by Governor Bobby Jindal, as well as the Baton Rouge Business Report. Dan won that race by a wide 2 to 1 margin. Since that time, he has been re-elected without opposition for a second term in 2011 and with opposition in his final term for 2016-2020.

Senator Claitor is chairman of the Judiciary C committee, which focuses chiefly on the criminal law. He is a member of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.

Along with two of his three brothers and his father, Dan is active in the family businesses.

Many people, both within and outside the legislature, consider Dan one of the most prepared legislators. Dan is known to claim, “It’s funny, but the harder I work, the luckier I get.”

In addition to being ever watchful as to day to day legal practice issues in the legislature, Dan has been a reliable advocate for transparency, fiscal responsibility, the developmentally disabled community and for those battling addiction issues.

Current Topic


     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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