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Jindal was first elected Governor of Louisiana in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.
 
Jindal was first elected Governor of Louisiana in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.
  
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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.<ref> [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968304578245720280333676.html?mod=WSJ_article_MoreIn_Opinion ''Wall Street Journal,'' "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013] </ref><ref> [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/07/us-usa-politics-jindal-idUSBRE93604I20130407 ''Reuters,'' "Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan," April 7, 2013] </ref>
 
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.<ref> [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968304578245720280333676.html?mod=WSJ_article_MoreIn_Opinion ''Wall Street Journal,'' "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013] </ref><ref> [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/07/us-usa-politics-jindal-idUSBRE93604I20130407 ''Reuters,'' "Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan," April 7, 2013] </ref>
  
 
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.”<ref> [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/bobby-jindal-income-tax-plan-89755.html?hp=r17 ''Politico,'' "Bobby Jindal scraps income tax plan," April 8, 2013]</ref>
 
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.”<ref> [http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/bobby-jindal-income-tax-plan-89755.html?hp=r17 ''Politico,'' "Bobby Jindal scraps income tax plan," April 8, 2013]</ref>
  
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{{presendorsetest|2012|Rick Perry}}<ref>[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/12/jindal-to-endorse-perry/ ''CNN,'' "Jindal to endorse Perry," September 12, 2011]</ref>
 
{{presendorsetest|2012|Rick Perry}}<ref>[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/12/jindal-to-endorse-perry/ ''CNN,'' "Jindal to endorse Perry," September 12, 2011]</ref>
  
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On June 25, 2008, Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill", authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.<ref>[http://www.gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=270 Governor Signs Chemical Castration Bill, Authorizing the Castration of Sex Offenders in Louisiana, Office of the Governor, Accessed June 25, 2008]</ref>
 
On June 25, 2008, Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill", authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.<ref>[http://www.gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=270 Governor Signs Chemical Castration Bill, Authorizing the Castration of Sex Offenders in Louisiana, Office of the Governor, Accessed June 25, 2008]</ref>
  
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: ''See also: [[Bobby Jindal recall, Louisiana (2012)]]''
 
: ''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.
 
An effort to recall Jindal from his position as the [[Governor of Louisiana]] was launched in March 2012.

Revision as of 13:13, 8 July 2013

Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal 2013.jpg
Governor of Louisiana
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
PredecessorKathleen Blanco (D)
Compensation
Base salary$130,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First electedOctober 20, 2007
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
2003-2007
Education
High schoolBaton Rouge Magnet High School
Bachelor'sBrown University
Master'sNew College, Oxford
Personal
BirthdayJune 10, 1971
Place of birthBaton Rouge, Louisiana
ProfessionConsultant
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (b. June 10, 1971) 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 2004-2008.

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]

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]

Biography

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.[6] According to family lore, Jindal adopted the name "Bobby" 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.[7]

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 where 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.

Education

  • Bachelor, 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.

Issues

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 them to better compete with neighboring states.[8][9]

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.”[10]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Bobby Jindal endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [11]

Castration

On June 25, 2008, Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill", authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.[12]

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.[13][14]

Controversies

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.[15]

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."[15]

The recall effort failed to collect enough signatures by the September 18 deadline and the signatures that were collected were never turned in.[16]

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.

Issues

  • Bobby Jindal had a 100% pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee.[17]
  • 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.[18] 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.[19]
  • Jindal supports the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.[20]

Elections

2011

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 is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2011[21] but the office of governor will not appear on the ballot.

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


2007

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.

2003

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

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.[22] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

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

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References

  1. “In a Southern U.S. state, immigrants' son takes over,” International Herald Tribune (2007-10-22)
  2. Boston.com, "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. Jindal's ancestral village celebrates his victory-Chandigarh-Cities-The Times of India
  6. 2theadvocate.com | News | Jindal’s mother still with state — Baton Rouge, LA
  7. "He is Piyush, not Bobby," Rediff India Abroad, 16 November 2003
  8. Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
  9. Reuters, "Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan," April 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Bobby Jindal scraps income tax plan," April 8, 2013
  11. CNN, "Jindal to endorse Perry," September 12, 2011
  12. Governor Signs Chemical Castration Bill, Authorizing the Castration of Sex Offenders in Louisiana, Office of the Governor, Accessed June 25, 2008
  13. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  14. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Huffington Post, "Bobby Jindal recall: Teachers seek to oust Louisiana governor," April 13, 2012
  16. Times Picayune, "Public school teachers fall short in efforts to recall Jindal, Kleckley," September 20, 2012
  17. Bobby Jindal on Abortion
  18. OpenCongress - Voting History: Rep. Bobby Jindal
  19. Republicans for Environmental Protection 2006 Scorecard
  20. Time, "The Second Coming of Bobby Jindal,"
  21. The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"
  22. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Kathleen Blanco (D)
Governor of Louisiana
2008-present
Succeeded by
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