Senator Dan Claitor was born and raised in Baton Rouge, educated in the public school system, and is a respected attorney in the state of Louisiana. Dan earned a degree in finance at LSU in 1983 and graduated from Loyola Law School in 1987.
In the Spring of 2009, the voters of District 16 elected Dan to fill the vacancy left by now U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy’s election to Congress. Dan served with distinction for the constitutionally allowed three consecutive terms until 2020.
Throughout his tenure as Senator, Dan served as a 7-year member of the Health & Welfare Committee from 2012 to 2019 and was a collaborative member of the Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee during the state’s last reapportionment session in 2011. He served the Senate Finance Comittee & the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget from 2009 to 2015. He served as Chairman of Judiciary C from 2016 to 2019 & Vice-Chairman of Judiciary A from 2012 to 2015.
Dan brings over 30 years of courtroom experience to ClaitorChabert. Upon graduating law school, Dan worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish, prosecuting thousands of cases ranging from child support issues to murder. He was the recipient of the 1986-1987 Charles C. Foti, Jr. Award for Excellence in the Field of Criminal Justice following his defense of a manslaughter case in his first jury trial.
Since leaving the District Attorney’s Office in 1990, Dan endeavored in his own law firm. He has tried more than 100 admiralty, civil and criminal jury trials.
He is an active member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Law Day Committee.
Having helped defined an era of Louisiana history from a governmental capacity, Dan and Norby were still passionate about political endeavors when their Senate terms expired in 2020. Together they created ClaitorChabert, a full-service political consulting firm, where they utilize their combined knowledge and experience to continue serving the people of Louisiana.
2009 – 2011 Judiciary A
2012 – 2015 Judiciary A (Vice-Chair)
2009 – 2011 Senate Finance (Interim)
2012 – 2015 Senate Finance – Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget
2012 – 2019 Health & Welfare
2009 – 2011 Retirement and then Rev & Fisc
2009 – 2011 Senate and Governmental Affairs
2009 – 2011 Local and Municipal and then Natural Resources
2012 – 2015 Education
2016 – 2019 Judiciary C Chair
In addition to his service on those standing and statutory committees, Dan served on the following select committees:
- Judicial Compensation Committee
- Louisiana Bicentennial Committee
Dan also served on the following appointed boards and commissions as the appointee of the Senate:
- Southern States Energy Board
- Revenue Study Commission
- Justice Reinvestment Commission
- The Energy Council
- Judiciary Council
- Louisiana Law Institute