Bobby Jindal

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Bobby Jindal
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Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 14, 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2016
Years in position 7
PredecessorKathleen Blanco (D)
Base salary$130,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First electedOctober 20, 2007
Next generalTerm-limited
Campaign $$35,467,779
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
High schoolBaton Rouge Magnet High School
Bachelor'sBrown University
Master'sNew College, Oxford
Date of birthJune 10, 1971
Place of birthBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (b. June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 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] As of October 2013, Jindal was still mulling a possible 2016 presidential bid.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6] His mother, Raj Jindal, is an information technology director for the Louisiana Department of Labor.[7] 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.[8]

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.


  • 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.


Medical Marijuana

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.[9]

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.[10][11]

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.”[12]

Presidential preference


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

Bobby Jindal endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [13]


On June 25, 2008, Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill," authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.[14]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, 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.[15][16]


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.[17]

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."[17]

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

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.[19]
  • 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.[20] 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.[21]
  • Jindal supports the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.[22]



As of October 2013, Jindal was still considering entering the 2016 presidential race. "I don't know yet, and I think it's too early," Jindal said.[23]


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[24] but the office of governor did 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


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.

Campaign donors

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.[25]

Bobby Jindal's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Governor of Louisiana Won $6,772,630
2009 Governor of Louisiana Not up for election $8,465,877
2007 Governor of Louisiana Won $13,815,998
2003 Governor of Louisiana Defeated $6,413,274
Grand Total Raised $35,467,779


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


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

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  1. “In a Southern U.S. state, immigrants' son takes over,” International Herald Tribune (2007-10-22)
  2., "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. Politico, "Jindal: 'I don't know' about 2016," announced October 28, 2013
  5. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  6. Jindal's ancestral village celebrates his victory-Chandigarh-Cities-The Times of India
  7. | News | Jindal’s mother still with state — Baton Rouge, LA
  8. "He is Piyush, not Bobby," Rediff India Abroad, 16 November 2003
  9. The Advocate, Gov. Jindal: I’m open to medical marijuana for La., January 28, 2014
  10. Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
  11. Reuters, "Louisiana Governor Jindal's popularity slumps after bold tax plan," April 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Bobby Jindal scraps income tax plan," April 8, 2013
  13. CNN, "Jindal to endorse Perry," September 12, 2011
  14. Governor Signs Chemical Castration Bill, Authorizing the Castration of Sex Offenders in Louisiana, Office of the Governor, Accessed June 25, 2008
  15. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  16. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Huffington Post, "Bobby Jindal recall: Teachers seek to oust Louisiana governor," April 13, 2012
  18. Times Picayune, "Public school teachers fall short in efforts to recall Jindal, Kleckley," September 20, 2012
  19. Bobby Jindal on Abortion
  20. OpenCongress - Voting History: Rep. Bobby Jindal
  21. Republicans for Environmental Protection 2006 Scorecard
  22. Time, "The Second Coming of Bobby Jindal,"
  23. Politico, "Jindal: 'I don't know' about 2016," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"
  25. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Bobby Jindal," accessed July 11, 2013
  26. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Kathleen Blanco (D)
Governor of Louisiana
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