John Neely Kennedy

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John Neely Kennedy
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Louisiana State Treasurer
In office
January 2000 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 15
PredecessorKenneth Duncan (D)
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First elected1999
Next generalOctober 24, 2015
Campaign $$5,844,256
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University (1973)
J.D.University of Virginia (1977)
OtherB.C.L., Oxford University (1979)
Date of birthNovember 21, 1951
Place of birthCenterville, Mississippi
Office website
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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] Kennedy is running for a fourth term in the treasurer's office in the 2015 election.[3]

Kennedy ran 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]


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]


  • 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.[5]

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]



See also: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015 and Louisiana Attorney General election, 2015

Kennedy is running for re-election to the office of Louisiana Treasurer in 2015. The primary election will take place October 24, 2015, with a runoff election on November 21 if no candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote in the primary.

Kennedy considered a run for Governor of Louisiana. He was also identified as a potential candidate for attorney general prior to announcing his re-election bid.[7][8]

Campaign finance

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 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.[9]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
John Neely Kennedy Republican Party Louisiana Treasurer $2,967,318.41 $715,401.05 $230,880.50 $3,451,838.96
Grand Total Raised $715,401.05
Grand Total Spent $230,880.5


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]


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.[10]

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

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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
Succeeded by