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Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal 2013.jpg
Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 14, 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2016
Years in position 7
PredecessorKathleen Blanco (D)
Base salary$130,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First electedOctober 20, 2007
Next generalTerm-limited
Campaign $$35,467,779
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
High schoolBaton Rouge Magnet High School
Bachelor'sBrown University
Master'sNew College, Oxford
Date of birthJune 10, 1971
Place of birthBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (b. June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Republican politician and the current Governor of Louisiana.[1] He was first elected governor in 2007 and was re-elected to the position on October 22, 2011. He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Louisiana's 1st Congressional District from 2003 to 2007.

Jindal was considered to be a possible candidate for Mitt Romney's choice of a vice-presidential running mate in 2012, but ultimately was not selected.[2][3] Jindal is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Jindal as the 15th most conservative governor in the country.[4]


Piyush Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Punjabi Indian immigrants who were attending graduate school. His father left India and his ancestral family village of Khanpura in 1970.[5] His mother, Raj Jindal, is an information technology director for the Louisiana Department of Labor. According to family lore, Jindal adopted the name "Bobby Jindal" from the character Bobby Brady after watching The Brady Bunch television series at age four. He has been known by that name ever since — as a civil servant, politician, student and writer—though legally his name remains Piyush Jindal.[6]

Jindal attended public school at Baton Rouge Magnet High School and graduated when he was 17. Following high school, Jindal enrolled in and graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with honors in biology and public policy. He was a member of the Society of the Pacifica House. Afterwards, he received a master's degree in political science from New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.

After Oxford, he joined McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, where he advised Fortune 500 companies. Most notable was his work for Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal of Arcelor Mittal.


  • B.S., biology and public policy, Brown University
  • M.A., political science, New College (Oxford)

Political career

Governor of Louisiana (2007 - Present)

Jindal was first elected Governor of Louisiana in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.


Common core

In June 2014, Jindal notified the National Governors Association that he was removing Louisiana from the Common Core development group. He proposed the state institute a system of "Louisiana standards and a Louisiana test" to replace Common Core. Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White and state education board president Chas Roemer dismissed the rejection of Common Core, citing the potential academic growth for participating students. Jindal criticized Common Core as a federal takeover of public education. Jindal was unable to completely remove Common Core from the state without the support of the Louisiana Legislature or state school board.[7]

Jindal attempted to block the state education department, which is run by White with state school board oversight, from buying new tests. He said that the state's system of buying the tests did not comply with state law, which requires Louisiana to go through a competitive bid process before entering into a contract.[7] Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina previously scrapped Common Core from their education policies. Jindal attempted to make Louisiana the fourth state to do so out of the 46 that originally implemented the initiative.[7]

In August 2014, Jindal filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education in federal court, with the goal of ending pressure to implement Common Core. His filing accused federal education officials of violating the states' rights enshrined in the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Jindal's efforts followed a June executive order instructing state education administrators to use standards developed in-state.[8]

Louisiana District Court Judge Todd Hernandez ruled in August 2014 that Jindal's executive order was invalid. Hernandez indicated that Jindal provided no evidence that White and other education officials were violating state contract regulations by purchasing Common Core tests. He also argued that the executive order harmed teacher and student preparations for annual tests.[9] Jindal's staff sent a letter to White and the state education board in December 2014 renewing efforts to block test purchases, citing limitations of existing contracts on education purchases.[10]

Medical Marijuana

On January 22, 2014, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Jindal announced he would be open to making medical marijuana legal in Louisiana, on the condition that it is tightly controlled.

“I continue to be opposed to legalization of marijuana. When it comes to medical marijuana ... if there is a legitimate medical need, I’d certainly be open to making it available under very strict supervision for patients that would benefit from that,” Jindal said.

Louisiana passed a law in 1991, House Bill 1187, allowing medical marijuana. The law stipulated that patients suffering from glaucoma, chemotherapy treatments and spastic quadriplegia could receive marijuana for therapeutic uses under the rules and regulations that were to be set by the secretary of health and hospitals by January 1, 1992. Those rules never materialized, making it impossible for Louisiana patients to receive the drug.[11]

Tax reform

In early 2013, Jindal called for eliminating the state income tax and corporate tax and replacing them by increasing the sales tax by 56 percent. It would also have raised the cigarette tax and eliminated some tax loopholes. Food, medicine and utilities would have been exempt and there would have been a rebate for low-income families. Jindal said the plan would make the state more attractive to businesses and allow it to compete better with neighboring states.[12][13]

On April 8, 2013, Jindal gave a speech before the legislature saying he was scrapping the plan, but called on lawmakers to find other ways to end the income tax. He stated, “Now, to be clear, I still like my plan, but I recognize that success requires give and take. And I recognize that in this instance I need to be the one who gives so that we can have the chance to achieve success.”[14]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Bobby Jindal endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [15]


On June 25, 2008, Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill," authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.[16]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Jindal was ranked number five. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[17][18]


Recall efforts
See also: Bobby Jindal recall, Louisiana (2012)

An effort to recall Jindal from his position as the Governor of Louisiana was launched in March 2012.

Louisiana public school teachers Angie Bonvillain and Brenda Romero began circulating recall petitions against Jindal in late March.[19]

The pair took issue with Jindal's education reforms as well as his proposed changes to the state's retirement system. Term limits prevent Jindal from seeking a third term in office, and Romero accused him of taking advantage of this position by pushing changes for which he would not be held accountable in a general election: "He waited until he was elected for a second term and then unleashed this entire change of the education system. Now he is going after the retirement system. This is all very fascist to me."[19]

The recall effort failed to collect enough signatures by the September 18 deadline, and the signatures that were collected were never turned in.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives (2003 - 2007)

Jindal was elected to represent Louisiana's 1st Congressional District in 2004, capturing 78 percent of the vote in the general election. He was elected freshman class president and was appointed to the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Committee on Resources, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He also served as vice-chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks.


  • Bobby Jindal had a 100 percent pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee.[21]
  • Jindal voted yes on making the PATRIOT Act permanent, voted in favor of the 2006 Military Commissions Act, supported a constitutional amendment banning flag burning, and supported the Real ID Act of 2005.[22] Jindal has an A rating from Gun Owners of America.
  • In 2006, Jindal sponsored the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act (H.R. 4761), a bill to eliminate the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling over the U.S. outer continental shelf, which prompted the watchdog group Republicans for Environmental Protection to issue him an environmental harm demerit.[23]
  • Jindal supports the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.[24]

On The Issues Vote Match

Bobby Jindal's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Jindal is a Hard-Core Conservative. Jindal received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: June 17, 2014.[25] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.




See also: Bobby Jindal possible presidential campaign, 2016 and Presidential election, 2016

Jindal is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. During a lunch with conservative bloggers on September 16, 2014, Jindal said, "I’m not going to be coy, I’m thinking about running for president and praying about it."[27] Seventeen presidents have also served as governors.[28]


See also: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2011

The Louisiana Gubernatorial election of 2011 was decided on October 22, 2011, in the primary election. Jindal captured more than 50 percent of the vote in the blanket primary, winning re-election outright. The Louisiana general election was scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2011, but the office of governor did not appear on the ballot.[29]

Governor of Louisiana, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Jindal Incumbent 65.8% 673,239
     Democratic Tara Hollis 17.9% 182,925
     Democratic Cary Deaton 4.9% 50,071
     Democratic Trey Roberts 3.3% 33,280
     Independent David Blanchard 2.6% 26,705
     Democratic Niki Bird Papazoglakis 2.1% 21,885
     Libertarian Scott Lewis 1.2% 12,528
     Independent Robert Lang, Jr. 0.9% 9,109
     Independent Ron Caesar 0.8% 8,179
     Independent Leonard Bollingham 0.5% 5,242
Total Votes 1,023,163


On October 20, 2007, Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana, winning a four-way race with 54 percent of the vote. At age 36, Jindal became the youngest current governor in the United States. He also became the first non-white to serve as governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction, the first elected Indian American governor in U.S. history, and the second Asian-American governor to serve in the continental United States after Gary Locke of Washington.


Jindal came to national prominence during the 2003 election for Louisiana governor. In the Louisiana open primary, Jindal finished first with 33 percent of the vote. He received endorsements from the largest paper in Louisiana, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newly-elected Democratic mayor of New Orleans, C. Ray Nagin, and the outgoing Republican governor, Mike Foster. In the second balloting, Jindal faced the outgoing lieutenant governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco of Lafayette, a Democrat. Despite winning in Blanco's hometown, he lost many normally conservative parishes in North Louisiana, and Blanco prevailed with 52 percent of the popular vote.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jindal is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Jindal raised a total of $35,467,779 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[30]

Bobby Jindal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Governor of Louisiana Won $6,772,630
2009 Governor of Louisiana Not up for election $8,465,877
2007 Governor of Louisiana Won $13,815,998
2003 Governor of Louisiana Defeated $6,413,274
Grand Total Raised $35,467,779


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Bobby Jindal's donors each year.[31] Click [show] for more information.


Jindal and his wife, Supriya Jolly, have three children.

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  1. International Herald Tribune, “In a Southern U.S. state, immigrants' son takes over,” October 22, 2007 (dead link)
  2., "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
  3. USA Today, "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012
  4. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  5. The Times of India, "Jindal's ancestral village celebrates his victory," accessed August 12, 2008
  6. Rediff India Abroad, "He is Piyush, not Bobby Jindal," November 16, 2003
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Nola, "Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to scuttle Common Core leaves Louisiana education system in confusion," accessed June 18, 2014
  8. The Washington Post, "Why Bobby Jindal needed to sue the Obama administration," August 27, 2014
  9. The Times-Picayune, "Judge rules against Gov. Bobby Jindal in Common Core lawsuit," August 19, 2014
  10. The Times-Picayune, "Bobby Jindal, John White dispute over Common Core test continues," December 5, 2014
  11. The Advocate, "Gov. Jindal: I’m open to medical marijuana for La.," January 28, 2014
  12. Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
  13. Reuters, "Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan," April 7, 2013
  14. Politico, "Bobby Jindal scraps income tax plan," April 8, 2013
  15. CNN, "Jindal to endorse Perry," September 12, 2011
  16. Office of the Governor, "Governor Signs Chemical Castration Bill, Authorizing the Castration of Sex Offenders in Louisiana," accessed June 25, 2008
  17. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  18. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Huffington Post, "Bobby Jindal recall: Teachers seek to oust Louisiana governor," April 13, 2012
  20. Times Picayune, "Public school teachers fall short in efforts to recall Jindal, Kleckley," September 20, 2012
  21. On The Issues, "Bobby Jindal on Abortion," accessed August 12, 2008
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting History: Rep. Bobby Jindal," accessed August 12, 2008
  23. Republicans for Environmental Protection, "2006 Scorecard," accessed August 12, 2008 (dead link)
  24. Time, "The Second Coming of Bobby Jindal," accessed August 12, 2008
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Bobby Jindal Vote Match," accessed June 17, 2014
  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  27. National Review, "Jindal on 2016: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Coy, I’m Thinking About Running’," September 16, 2014
  28. Center on the American Governor, "The Governors Who Became President: Brief Biographies," accessed October 30, 2013
  29. The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance," accessed July 21, 2011
  30. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Bobby Jindal," accessed July 11, 2013
  31. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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Kathleen Blanco (D)
Governor of Louisiana
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