About Sen. David Vitter, R-La., head of Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

David Vitter, R-La., chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

AGE: 53.

LIVES IN: Metairie, Louisiana.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Harvard University. Was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University in Britain, where he earned a second bachelor's degree. Law degree, Tulane University in New Orleans.

CAREER: Attorney specializing in commercial law. Served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1991-99, U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2005. Has served in the U.S. Senate since 2005. Besides heading the small business committee, Vitter is a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

FAMILY: wife, Wendy; children Sophie, Lise, Airey and Jack.

HOBBIES: Hunting, fishing, golf, tennis.

LAST BOOK READ: "The Last Gentleman" by Walker Percy.

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in.'" - Ronald Reagan

FAVORITE SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE: The Robertson family that owns Duck Commander, the duck hunting products retailer in West Monroe, Louisiana, featured in the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty." Vitter's favorite among the family is Uncle Si.