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::''See also: [[Louisiana State Legislature]], [[Louisiana House of Representatives]], [[Louisiana State Senate]]''
==Current officeholder==
==Current officeholder==
The current and 55th governor is [[Bobby Jindal]], a Republican first elected in 2007.
The current and 55th governor is [[Bobby Jindal]], a Republican first elected in 2007.
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==State budget==
==State budget==
===Role in state budget===
::''See also: [[Louisiana state budget]]''
{{Louisiana budget process}}
===Governor's office budget===
The Executive Office's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $13,774,843.<ref>[http://doa.louisiana.gov/opb/pub/FY13/StateBudget_FY13.pdf ''State of Louisiana,''"State Budget Fiscal Year 2013-2013," 49, accessed June 27, 2013]</ref>
The Executive Office's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $13,774,843.<ref>[http://doa.louisiana.gov/opb/pub/FY13/StateBudget_FY13.pdf ''State of Louisiana,''"State Budget Fiscal Year 2013-2013," 49, accessed June 27, 2013]</ref>

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Louisiana Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $13,774,843
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Article IV, the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Bobby Jindal 2013.jpg
Name:  Bobby Jindal
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2008
Compensation:  $130,000
Next election:  Ineligible due to term limits
Last election:  October 22, 2011
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The Governor of the State of Louisiana is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Louisiana. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

As of May 2015, Louisiana is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: Louisiana State Legislature, Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana State Senate

Current officeholder

The current and 55th governor is Bobby Jindal, a Republican first elected in 2007.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section 5(A):

The governor shall be the chief executive officer of the state.


Under Article IV, Section 2, a candidate for governor is required to:

  • have attained the age of twenty-five years
  • be an elector
  • have been a citizen of the United States, and,
  • have been a citizen of Louisiana for at least the preceding five years

The term of office of the governor of Louisiana is four years. During her tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office.


Louisiana state government organizational chart

Louisiana is one of the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither Presidential nor midterm years. In Louisiana's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the inauguration is always held the second Monday in January after an election. Thus, January 14, 2008 and January 9, 2012 are inaugural days.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Louisiana governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.

Louisiana Constitution, Section IV, Section 3b

A person who has served as governor for more than one and one-half terms in two consecutive terms shall not be elected governor for the succeeding term.

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Louisiana State Governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of Louisiana Partisanship.PNG


See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancies are addressed under Article IV, Section 14.

When a vacancy occurs in the office of governor, the order of succession shall be:

(1) the elected lieutenant governor,
(2) the elected secretary of state,
(3) the elected attorney general,
(4) the elected treasurer,
(5) the presiding officer of the Senate,
(6) the presiding officer of the House of Representatives, and then
(7) as provided by law.

The successor shall serve the remainder of the term for which the governor was elected.



The governor has the right to grant reprieves, issue pardons, commute sentences, and return fines and forfeitures for crimes against the state. In this role, the governor serves as the court of last resort.

Additionally the governor serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the state, except when they are called into service of the federal government. He may call out these forces to preserve law and order, to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion, or in other times of emergency.

At the outset of each regular legislative session, the Governor must give an address to the General Assembly, including the condition of the state and its finances. The Governor may also include recommendations in her address and make such addresses at other times, such as the commencement of an extraordinary session.

The Governor also submits a budget to the legislature and may compel reports from department heads on any matter, save investigations into the governor's office.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • A line item veto
  • The power to make appointments, including recess appointments, with Senate confirmation
  • Removing, at pleasure, any appointees who are currently serving


Boards and Commissions

The Department of Boards and Commissions processes and retains records of all appointments made by the Governor

Children's Cabinet

The Children's Cabinet primary function is to coordinate children's policy across the five departments that provide services for young people: Departments of Education, Health and Hospitals, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Public Safety and Corrections, and Social Services. It also makes recommendations to the Children's Budget.

Coastal Activities

The Office of Coastal Activities is charged with protection, restoration and conservation of coastal Louisiana.


Constituent Services

The Office of Constituent Services works to ensure that questions or concerns addressed to the Governor by the public are answered in a thorough and timely manner.

Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is in charge of improving economic development and quality of life for Delta region residents.

Drug Policy Board

The Drug Policy Board formulates, develops and implements a plan of action to address the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in Louisiana. It is composed of legislators, medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and other department officials.

Disability Affairs

The Office of Disability Affairs serves as an informational resource for the disability community and the agencies that serve them.


Elderly Affairs

The Office of Elderly Affairs serves as the focal point for the development, implementation, and administration of the public policy of the state of Louisiana addressing the needs of elderly citizens.

Finance and Administration

Financial Institutions

The Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) licenses and supervises entities under its jurisdiction in order to protect and serve the public interest and enhance confidence in the financial services industry.

Human Rights Commission

The Louisiana Commission on Human Rights handles complaints of employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sickle cell trait, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions. It also provides protection against discrimination in public accommodations and banking and lending.

Indian Affairs

The Office of Indian Affairs is tasked with many duties related to Louisian's Indians, including administers programs related to Indians, makes recommendations to promote the welfare of Indians, and serving as official negotiating agent of the state.

Inspector General

The Inspector General serves to help prevent waste, mismanagement, abuse, fraud and corruption in the executive branch of state government without regard to partisan politics, allegiances, status, or influence.

Legislative Office

The Legislative Office works to ensure positive communication between the Governor's Office and the Louisiana Legislature.

Non-Public School Early Childhood Development

The Non-Public School Early Childhood Development Program works to collaborate and partner with compliant nonpublic schools and class “a” daycares in providing high-quality, developmentally appropriate preschool instruction and services to four-year-old children of TANF- eligible families.

Office of Community Programs

The Office of Community Programs provides coordination, accountability, collaboration, evaluation and communication to departments, agencies and citizens throughout the state.

Press Office

The Press Office handles inquiries from members of the news media.

Louisiana Youth for Excellence

The Office of Louisiana Youth for Excellence works with schools, non-profit and faith-based organizations, parents, and the community to teach goal setting, leadership development, character building and integrity.

Renewal Communities

The renewal communities initiative promotes economic development by providing incentives to businesses that open, expand, and hire local residents in areas that have been identified with a history of poverty and high unemployment.

Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities

The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities awards discretionary grants to non-profit organizations for programs that work to prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.


Scheduling processes requests for the Governor's time and provides the Governor with a concise schedule.

State Interagency Coordinating Council

The State Interagency Coordinating Council works in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, in an advisory capacity, to design and oversee the implementation of a family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers (birth through two) who are eligible for Part C services, and their families.

Statewide Independent Living Council

The Statewide Independent Living Council was established to support the efforts of our citizens with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice.

Women's Policy

The Office of Women's Policy is tasked with improving the quality of life for women children and families by providing research-based leadership in the areas of health and safety, economics, and education.

State budget

Role in state budget

See also: Louisiana state budget

The state operates on an annual budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[1][2]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in September.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests in November.
  3. Agency hearings are held in January and February.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature 45 days prior to the regular session of the legislature (for a newly elected governor, this deadline is extended to 30 days prior to the regular session of the legislature).
  5. The legislature typically adopts a budget in June. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

Louisiana is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[2]

The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the legislature is legally required to adopt a balanced budget.[2]

Governor's office budget

The Executive Office's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $13,774,843.[3]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The governor's pay is set by law, under § 4; changes to pay may not take effect until the commencement of the subsequent gubernatorial term.


In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $130,000.[4]


In 2012, the governor was paid an estimated $130,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the governor of Louisiana was paid $130,000 a year, the 24th highest gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

There are eight governing periods in Louisiana history:[5]

  • French Period - 1699-1766
  • Spanish Period - 1766-1803
  • French Interim Period - 11/30 - 12/20/1803
  • Statehood/Antebellum Period - 1812-1861
  • Confederate Governors - 1861-1865
  • United States Wartime Military Governors - 1862-1865
  • Military Occupation Period - 1865-1877
  • Governors Since 1877

The following chart details the last period. From 1877 to 2011, there have been 34 Governors of Louisiana. Of those, 4 were Republicans and 30 were Democrats.

Click "show" for former officeholders.


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Louisiana
Partisan breakdown of the Louisiana governorship from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, in Louisiana there were Democratic governors in office for eight years while there were Republican governors in office for 14 years, including the last six. Louisiana was under Republican trifectas for the last three years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Senate and the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Louisiana state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Kentucky state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Louisiana has had three periods of trifectas, two Democratic trifectas (1992-1995 and 2004-2007) and one Republican trifecta (2011-2013). Louisiana had its longest period of divided government between 1996 and 2003. For all but two years of the study, Louisiana has ranked in the bottom-10 in the SQLI ranking and only left the bottom-10 in the last two years of the study, 2011 and 2012. The state’s lowest ranking came in 1993 and 1994 under a Democratic trifecta. Its highest ranking (36th) came in 2012 under a Republican trifecta.

  • SQLI average with Democratic trifecta: 46.25
  • SQLI average with Republican trifecta: 38.00
  • SQLI average with divided government: 45.73
Chart displaying the partisanship of Louisiana government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

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Contact information

PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Toll Free:866-366-1121

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