|Running for Governor of Louisiana|
|Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana|
|November 22, 2010 - Present|
|Years in position||5|
|Predecessor||Mitch Landrieu (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 19, 2011|
|Louisiana Secretary of State|
|November 10, 2006 – November 22, 2010|
|Louisiana State Senate|
|Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council|
|High school||Baton Rouge High School|
|Bachelor's||Louisiana State University|
|J.D.||Louisiana State University|
|Date of birth||February 6, 1954|
|Place of birth||Baton Rouge, LA|
|(dead link) Office website|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Dardenne was first elected as lieutenant governor in a special 2010 election to fill the vacancy created by Mitch Landrieu, who left the seat after winning election as Mayor of New Orleans.
An attorney by trade, Dardenne founded his own law practice, Kennon, Odom & Dardenne, LLC. He served as a United States Magistrate and as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Polozola in the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.
A February 2013 article in Governing named Dardenne as one of the top state Republican officials to watch in 2013.
Dardenne graduated from Baton Rouge High School before receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana State University. He also attended Louisiana State University for law school. After completing his J.D., Dardenne served one year as a United States Magistrate, and then spent two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Polozola in the District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He began his own law practice, Kennon, Odom & Dardenne, LLC, the following year.
Dardenne received the National Republican Legislator of the Year Award in 2003.
- Baton Rouge High School
- B.A., journalism, Louisiana State University
- J.D., Louisiana State University
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (2010 - Present)
Dardenne was first elected as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana in a special 2010 election to fill the vacancy created by Mitch Landrieu, who left the seat after winning election as Mayor of New Orleans.
Louisiana Secretary of State (2006 - 2010)
Dardenne ran in the September 30, 2006 special election to complete the term following the death of former Secretary of State W. Fox McKeithen, a fellow Republican who died in the summer of 2005. McKeithen had been temporarily succeeded by his friend, former Democratic State Representative Alan Ray Ater, at the time an assistant secretary of state under McKeithen who chose not to run for the post in the special election.
Dardenne won the election by default. His opponent, Heitmeier, withdrew, citing the fact that his New Orleans black voter base had been decimated because of Hurricane Katrina. He said that without help from national Democrats, victory over Dardenne would be impossible.
Louisiana State Senate (1992 - 2006)
During his tenure in the senate, Dardenne quickly gained a reputation as a champion of reform, though few of his reform proposals were passed. In the wake of the election of Republican Murphy J. Foster as governor in 1995, Dardenne became floor leader. It was in this span of time he was able to advocate for state constitutional amendments on term limits, coastal erosion, victims' rights, and the creation of a single State Board of Ethics. He also spearheaded reform of the river pilots' system and worked to reduce government waste as the chairman of the senate finance committee.
- See also: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015
Dardenne is running for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term-limited and unable to run for re-election. On April 4, 2013, Dardenne stated, "My expectation is I'm going to run, but I don't have a set timetable on when to roll out the campaign." Dardenne showed his commitment to seeking election as governor by launching a new campaign website in November 2013 and participating in a candidate forum on January 16, 2015.
Hypothetical primary match-ups
|Governor of Louisiana|
|Poll||David Vitter (R)||John Edwards (D)||Jay Dardenne (R)||Scott Angelle (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Southern Media & Opinion Research Poll|
December 9-11, 2014
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January 16 forum
Gubernatorial candidates Scott Angelle (R), Jay Dardenne (R), David Vitter (R) and John Edwards (D) opened Louisiana's election season with a largely congenial forum. All four candidates shared similar thoughts on funding for transportation and state police along with the legacy of term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). Dardenne criticized the state's approach to new transportation projects as unsustainable and too political. Each candidate agreed that state police should see decreases in their allotment from the transportation trust fund, which is funded by gas taxes. Vitter, currently a U.S. senator, took the lead on bashing Jindal for questionable budgeting techniques and running for president from the governor's mansion.
The biggest source of disagreement on January 16 was the state's financial support for parish transportation costs. Angelle and Edwards noted that parish governments needed state transportation aid because of their inability to generate enough revenue for local projects. Dardenne argued that current local aid, equaling more than one cent per dollar in gas taxes, needed to be decreased to preserve the state fund.
Annual report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $6,699,634.53 and spent a total of $1,267,092.55 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 19, 2015.
|Campaign Contributions and Expenditures|
|Candidate||Office||Beginning balance||Contributions||Expenditures||Ending balance|
|David Vitter||Governor of Louisiana||$0||$4,107,597.72||$600,212.83||$3,504,174.14|
|Scott Angelle||Governor of Louisiana||$175,574.96||$1,516,900.82||$232,370.28||$1,431,310.95|
|Jay Dardenne||Governor of Louisiana||$1,225,114.71||$690,128.62||$326,051.28||$1,549,526.30|
|John Edwards||Governor of Louisiana||$474,725.46||$385,007.37||$108,458.16||$745,894.30|
|Grand Total Raised||$6,699,634.53|
|Grand Total Spent||$1,267,092.55|
Dardenne defeated challenger Republican Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish, in the primary election on October 22, 2011. In Louisiana, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a shared ticket in the general election, but the two offices have separate primary campaigns and elections.
In state races, Louisiana uses an open primary system known as a blanket primary. All candidates, regardless of political affiliation, run in one primary where voters are not bound to vote for a candidate from their own party. Ordinarily, the top two vote-earners, who may be from the same party, will advance to a runoff. However, if one candidate wins a majority, he or she is considered to have won the election. Dardenne captured more than 50% of the vote and won re-election outright. The Louisiana general election took place Saturday, November 19, 2011 but the office of lieutenant governor did not appear on the ballot.
|Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Blanket Primary, 2011|
|Republican||Jay Dardenne Incumbent||53.1%||504,541|
|Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State|
Former Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu vacated his seat after winning election as Mayor of New Orleans in 2010. His replacement, Scott Angelle, was appointed and served for a short time until a special election was held in 2010, coinciding with the general election on November 2, 2010. In the primary election, Dardenne and Democrat Caroline Fayard were the top two vote-getters, and met in a runoff election in November 2010, where Dardenne captured 57.1% of the vote.
|2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - General Election|
|Republican Party||Jay Dardenne||57.1%|
|Democratic Party||Caroline Fayard||42.9%|
|2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Primary Election|
|Republican Party||Jay Dardenne||27.6%|
|Democratic Party||Caroline Fayard||24.3%|
|Republican Party||Sammy Kershaw||19.2%|
|Republican Party||Kevin Davis||7.9%|
|Democratic Party||James Crowley||7.9%|
|Republican Party||Roger Villere||6.7%|
|Democratic Party||Butch Gautreaux||3.9%|
|Republican Party||Melaine J. McKnight||2.5%|
|2007 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Republican Party||Jay Dardenne||63%|
|Democratic Party||R. Wooley||31%|
|2006 Race for Secretary of State - Special Election|
|Republican Party||Jay Dardenne||30%|
|Democratic Party||Francis C. Heitmeier||28%|
|Republican Party||Mike Francis||26%|
|Republican Party||Mary Chehardy||9%|
|Non-Partisan||James Crowley, III||4%|
|Libertarian Party||Rayburn Clipper||2%|
|Republican Party||Allen Leone||2%|
Comprehensive donor information for Dardenne is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Dardenne raised a total of $5,731,989 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
1993, 2003, 2007
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|Jay Dardenne's Campaign Contributions|
Louisiana Secretary of State
Republican State Senate
Louisiana State Senate
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||N/A (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Taylor Energy||$10,000||Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte||$5,000||Cl Valluzzo||$2,250|
|MMJ Group, Inc.||$10,000||Bollinger Shipyards||$2,750||Louisiana Bankers Association||$2,000|
|James J. Bailey III||$10,000||Daniel Heard||$2,500||Louisiana Restaurant Association||$2,000|
|Baton Rouge Neonatal Associates/Infamedics||$10,000||Laura Bailey||$2,500||Agripac Farm Bureau||$1,800|
|Robert C. Abramson||$10,000||Carolyn B. Heard||$2,500||Hair Now||$1,750|
Dardenne and his wife, Catherine, have two children.
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- Governor of Louisiana
- Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
- Louisiana lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2011
- Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015
- Louisiana state executive official elections, 2015
- 2015 campaign website
- Official Louisiana Secretary of State website
- Jay Dardenne for Lieutenant Governor 2010 Campaign website
- Jay Dardenne's Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart - Jay Dardenne
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- Town Talk, "La. Secretary of State Dardenne wants to be lieutenant governor" 14 Feb. 2010
- Governing, "State Republican Officials to Watch in 2013," February 6, 2013
- The Advertiser, "2015 governor’s race: They’re at the gate," January 4, 2015
- Town Talk, "La. Secretary of State Dardenne wants to be lieutenant governor" 14 Feb. 2010
- The Republic, "Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne backs Mitt Romney in GOP presidential nomination race," March 20, 2012
- New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Ater won't run for secretary of state"
- Louisiana Political Report, "Heitmeier Surrenders Secretary of State"
- Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, "Jay Dardenne: Served as outsider, insider"
- The News Star, "Dardenne preparing campaign for governor," April 4, 2013
- Jay Dardenne Campaign, "Home," accessed January 16, 2015
- The Times-Picayune, "2015 governor candidates forum: Louisiana has a roads and infrastructure problem," January 16, 2015
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "View Campaign Finance Reports," accessed February 19, 2015
- The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"
- Louisiana Secretary of State - November 2010 General Election Results
- Louisiana Secretary of State - October 2010 Primary Election Results
- Louisiana Secretary of State - Oct. 2007 General Election Results (timed out)
- Louisiana Secretary of State - Sept. 30, 2006 Special Election Results (timed out)
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Jay Dardenne," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Mitch Landrieu (D)
|Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
| Succeeded by|
|Louisiana Secretary of State
| Succeeded by|
Tom Schedler (R)
|Louisiana State Senate
| Succeeded by|
Bill Cassidy (R)