John Neely Kennedy
|John Neely Kennedy|
|Louisiana State Treasurer|
|January 2000 - Present|
|Years in position||15|
|Predecessor||Kenneth Duncan (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||October 22, 2011|
|Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue|
|Bachelor's||Vanderbilt University (1973)|
|J.D.||University of Virginia (1977)|
|Other||B.C.L., Oxford University (1979)|
|Date of birth||November 21, 1951|
|Place of birth||Centerville, Mississippi|
Kennedy was first elected state treasurer on the Democratic ticket in 1999. He was re-elected to three subsequent terms: once more as a Democrat in 2003, and then as a Republican in 2007 and 2011. Kennedy's fourth term is set to expire in January 2016. He is next up for re-election, should he decide to run, in November 2015.
Kennedy has run twice for election to the U.S. Senate, in 2004 and 2008, following his second and third term re-election victories as state treasurer. Both attempts at winning a U.S. Senate seat were unsuccessful.
An educator by profession, Kennedy works as an adjunct professor at LSU Law School in addition to his treasurer duties. He is also a volunteer substitute teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. Before becoming treasurer, Kennedy served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue from 1996-1999.
Kennedy was born in Centreville, Mississippi. He graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1973 and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1977. He also holds a B.C.L. from Oxford University.
Kennedy is an adjunct professor at LSU Law School and a volunteer substitute teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.
Kennedy served as Special Council to Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer from 1988-1992, Secretary in the Governor's Cabinet from 1990-1992 and Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue from 1996-1999.
- B.C.L. - Oxford University (1979)
- J.D - University of Virginia (1977)
- B.A. - Vanderbilt University (1973)
Louisiana Treasurer 2000-present
Kennedy was sworn in as state treasurer in January 2000, following his win in the 1999 general election. He has since been re-elected three times, mostly recently in 2011. Kennedy ran as a Democrat in 1999 and again in 2003. In August 2007, Kennedy changed his party affiliation to Republican, and he was re-elected to a third term, unopposed, in November of that year.
As state treasurer, Kennedy oversees the state’s $10.6 billion investment portfolios, as well as local and state bond issues and returns unclaimed property.
Kennedy is considering a run for Governor of Louisiana. He has also been identified as a potential candidate for attorney general. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot seek re-election, so the seat will be open for the 2015 electoral cycle.
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 $715,401.05 and spent a total of $230,880.5 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 19, 2015.
Kennedy ran for a fourth term as state treasurer in 2011. Since he did not draw any opposition he was automatically re-elected.
Kennedy won re-election as state treasurer in the November 2007 election unopposed.
Comprehensive donor information for Kennedy is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Kennedy raised a total of $5,844,256 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.
|John Neely Kennedy's Campaign Contribution History|
|Grand Total Raised||$5,844,256|
|*Kennedy ran as a Democratic candidate in these years.|
1999, 2003, 2007
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|John Neely Kennedy's Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||-||-||$1,033,643 (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributors||William B. Lawton Co||$6,000||John Neely Kennedy||$500,000||John Kennedy||$205,000|
|Woodvine Group||$5,000||John Kennedy||$250,000||James C. & Susan M. Donohue||$10,000|
|Russ Greer||$5,000||Adams & Reese||$5,250||Adams & Reese||$7,500|
|Dangle & Associates||$5,000||Jules B. LeBlanc III||$5,000||Jules B LaBlanc III||$5,500|
|Lakeshore Estates Builders||$5,000||Murray White||$5,000||John O. Hearin||$5,000|
Kennedy currently resides with his family in Madisonville, Louisiana. He and wife, Becky, have one son together named Preston.
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- Louisiana State Treasury - Treasurer John Neely Kennedy
- Official 2011 campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- John Neely Kennedy on Facebook
- John Neely Kennedy on Twitter
- Louisiana Department of the Treasury, "About Treasurer Kennedy," accessed July 3, 2014
- Times Picayune, "State Treasurer John Kennedy wins new term; Gov. Jindal draws little-known foes," September 8, 2011
- Daily Kos, "LA-Sen: Rove gets Treasurer Kennedy to switch parties," August 27, 2007
- The Advocate, "Treasurer John Kennedy Looks at AG Race," December 10, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "John Neely Kennedy," accessed May 7, 2011
- Louisiana Department of the Treasury, "About Treasurer Kennedy," accessed May 7, 2011
- Shreveport Times, "Treasurer John Kennedy says he might run for Louisiana governor in 2015," July 29, 2013
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "View Campaign Finance Reports," accessed February 19, 2015
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for John Kennedy," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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