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John Neely Kennedy

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John Neely Kennedy
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Louisiana State Treasurer
Incumbent
In office
January 2000 - Present
Term ends
2016
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
PredecessorKenneth Duncan (D)
Compensation
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First elected1999
Campaign $$5,844,256
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue
1996-1999
Education
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University (1973)
J.D.University of Virginia (1977)
OtherB.C.L., Oxford University (1979)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 21, 1951
Place of birthCenterville, Mississippi
ProfessionProfessor/Teacher
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Neely Kennedy (b. November 21, 1951, in Centerville, Mississippi) is the current Republican Louisiana State Treasurer. Kennedy has served in this position since January 2000.[1]

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.[2] He is next up for re-election, should he decide to run, in November 2015.[3]

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.[1] Before becoming treasurer, Kennedy served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue from 1996-1999.[4]

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.[5]

Biography

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.[1]

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.[4]

Education

  • B.C.L. - Oxford University (1979)
  • J.D - University of Virginia (1977)
  • B.A. - Vanderbilt University (1973)

Political career

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.[3]

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.[6]

Elections

2015

Kennedy is considering a run for Governor of Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot seek re-election, so the seat will be open for the 2015 electoral cycle.[7]

2011

See also: Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Kennedy ran for a fourth term as state treasurer in 2011. Since he did not draw any opposition he was automatically re-elected.[2]

2007

Kennedy won re-election as state treasurer in the November 2007 election unopposed.

Campaign donors

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.[8]

John Neely Kennedy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Louisiana Treasurer Won $1,785,841
2009 Louisiana Treasurer Not up for election $62,174
2007 Louisiana Treasurer Won $1,424,319
2005 Louisiana Treasurer* Not up for election $177,316
2003 Louisiana Treasurer* Won $1,462,907
1999 Louisiana Treasurer* Won $931,699
Grand Total Raised $5,844,256
*Kennedy ran as a Democratic candidate in these years.

1999, 2003, 2007

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 John Neely Kennedy's donors each year.[9] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Kennedy currently resides with his family in Madisonville, Louisiana. He and wife, Becky, have one son together named Preston.[1]

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Preceded by
Kenneth Duncan (D)
Louisiana State Treasurer
2000–present
Succeeded by
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