|Governor of Louisiana|
|January 14, 2008 - Present|
|Years in position||6|
|Predecessor||Kathleen Blanco (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||October 22, 2011|
|First elected||October 20, 2007|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|High school||Baton Rouge Magnet High School|
|Master's||New College, Oxford|
|Birthday||June 10, 1971|
|Place of birth||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Governor of Louisiana (2007 - Present)
- 2.2 U.S. House of Representatives (2003 - 2007)
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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. As of October 2013, Jindal was still mulling a possible 2016 presidential bid.
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.
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. 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.
Jindal attended public school at Baton Rouge Magnet High School and graduated when he was 17. Following high school, Jindal enrolled, and eventually 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)
Governor of Louisiana (2007 - Present)
Jindal was first elected Governor of Louisiana in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.
Jindal notified the National Governors Association that he was removing Louisiana from the Common Core development group. He has 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. They believe the initiative is a ticket to success for the Louisiana students. Jindal believes it is a federal takeover of public education. Jindal cannot completely remove Common Core from the state without the support of the Louisiana Legislature or state school board.
Jindal wants to block the Education Department, which White runs with state school board oversight, from buying new tests. He has said that the state's system of buying the tests does not comply with state law which requires Louisiana to go through a competitive bid process before entering into a contract. Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina have already scrapped Common Core from their education policies. Louisiana would be the fourth state to do so out of the 46 that had originally implemented the initiative.
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 follow a June executive order instructing state education administrators to use standards developed in-state.
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.
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 them to better compete with neighboring states.
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.”
On June 25, 2008, Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill," authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Jindal was ranked number 5. 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.
- 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.
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."
The recall effort failed to collect enough signatures by the September 18 deadline and the signatures that were collected were never turned in.
U.S. House of Representatives (2003 - 2007)
Jindal was elected to represent Louisiana's 1st Congressional District in 2004, capturing 78% 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% pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
- Jindal voted yes on making the PATRIOT Act permanent and in favor of the 2006 Military Commissions Act, supported a constitutional amendment banning flag burning, and the Real ID Act of 2005. 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.
- Jindal supports the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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.|
- See also: Presidential portfolio, 2016
During a lunch with conservative bloggers on September 16, 2014, Jindal stated, "I’m not going to be coy, I’m thinking about running for president and praying about it." He made several visits to Iowa and New Hampshire in 2013. There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.
- 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% 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.
|Governor of Louisiana, 2011|
|Republican||Bobby Jindal Incumbent||65.8%||673,239|
|Democratic||Niki Bird Papazoglakis||2.1%||21,885|
|Independent||Robert Lang, Jr.||0.9%||9,109|
On October 20, 2007, Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana, winning a four-way race with 54% 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.
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.
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|Bobby Jindal's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Louisiana
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$12,655,089 (Ind.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Louisiana Republican Party||$1,110,319|
|Southern Scrap Recycling||$15,000|
|Acadian Ambulance Service||$11,000|
|Louisiana Extended Care Centers||$10,000|
|Liberty Mutual Insurance||$10,000|
Jindal and his wife, Supriya Jolly, have three children.
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- Complete text, audio, video of Bobby Jindal's gubernatorial election victory address at American Rhetoric
- “In a Southern U.S. state, immigrants' son takes over,” International Herald Tribune (2007-10-22)
- Boston.com, "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
- USA Today, "Romney's VP pick likely to go to safest candidate," July 14, 2012
- Politico, "Jindal: 'I don't know' about 2016," announced October 28, 2013
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- Jindal's ancestral village celebrates his victory-Chandigarh-Cities-The Times of India
- "He is Piyush, not Bobby Jindal," Rediff India Abroad, 16 November 2003
- Nola, "Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to scuttle Common Core leaves Louisiana education system in confusion," accessed June 18, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Why Bobby Jindal needed to sue the Obama administration," August 27, 2014
- The Advocate, Gov. Jindal: I’m open to medical marijuana for La., January 28, 2014
- Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
- Reuters, "Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan," April 7, 2013
- Politico, "Bobby Jindal scraps income tax plan," April 8, 2013
- CNN, "Jindal to endorse Perry," September 12, 2011
- Governor Signs Chemical Castration Bill, Authorizing the Castration of Sex Offenders in Louisiana, Office of the Governor, Accessed June 25, 2008
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Bobby Jindal recall: Teachers seek to oust Louisiana governor," April 13, 2012
- Times Picayune, "Public school teachers fall short in efforts to recall Jindal, Kleckley," September 20, 2012
- Jindal_Jindal_Abortion.htm Bobby Jindal on Abortion
- OpenCongress - Voting History: Rep. Bobby Jindal
- Republicans for Environmental Protection 2006 Scorecard
- Time, "The Second Coming of Bobby Jindal,"
- On The Issues, "Bobby Jindal Vote Match," accessed June 17, 2014
- 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.
- National Review, "Jindal on 2016: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Coy, I’m Thinking About Running’," September 16, 2014
- New York Daily News, "Election 2016: A look at possible candidates and who could run in the next presidential race," August 17, 2013
- Center on the American Governor, "The Governors Who Became President: Brief Biographies," accessed October 30, 2013
- The Hill, "Rick Perry's Iowa comeback," August 12, 2014
- The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Bobby Jindal," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
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