Governor of Louisiana
The current and 55th governor is Bobby Jindal, a Republican first elected in 2007.
His wife, Supriya Jolly, is the First Lady of Louisiana.
Under Article IV, Section 5(A):
The governor shall be the chief executive officer of the state.
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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 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.
- 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
- See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries
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.
As of 2010, the governor of Louisiana is paid $130,000 a year, the 24th highest gubernatorial salary in America.
There are eight governing periods in Louisiana history:
- 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.
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|#||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Francis T. Nicholls||1877||1880||Democrat|
|2||Louis Alfred Wiltz||1880||1881||Democrat|
|3||Samuel Douglas McEnery||1881||1888||Democrat|
|4||Francis T. Nicholls||1888||1892||Democrat|
|5||Murphy James Foster||1892||1900||Democrat|
|6||William Wright Heard||1900||1904||Democrat|
|7||Newton C. Blanchard||1904||1908||Democrat|
|8||Jared Y. Sanders||1908||1912||Democrat|
|9||Luther E. Hall||1912||1916||Democrat|
|10||Ruffin G. Pleasant||1916||1920||Democrat|
|11||John M. Parker||1920||1924||Democrat|
|12||Henry L. Fuqua||1924||1926||Democrat|
|13||Oramel H. Simpson||1926||1928||Democrat|
|14||Huey P. Long||1928||1932||Democrat|
|15||Alvin O. King||1932||1932||Democrat|
|16||Oscar K. Allen||1932||1936||Democrat|
|17||James A. Noe||1936||1936||Democrat|
|18||Richard W. Leche||1936||1939||Democrat|
|19||Earl K. Long||1939||1940||Democrat|
|20||Sam H. Jones||1940||1944||Democrat|
|21||Jimmie H. Davis||1944||1948||Democrat|
|22||Earl K. Long||1948||1952||Democrat|
|23||Robert F. Kennon||1952||1956||Democrat|
|24||Earl K. Long||1956||1960||Democrat|
|25||Jimmie H. Davis||1960||1964||Democrat|
|26||John J. McKeithen||1964||1972||Democrat|
|27||Edwin W. Edwards||1972||1980||Democrat|
|28||David C. Treen||1980||1984||Republican|
|29||Edwin W. Edwards||1984||1988||Democrat|
|30||Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer, III||1988||1992||Republican|
|31||Edwin W. Edwards||1992||1996||Democrat|
|32||Murphy J. "Mike" Foster||1996||2004||Republican|
|33||Kathleen Babineaux Blanco||2004||2008||Democrat|
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Baton Rouge, LA 70804
- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
- Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
- Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne
- Louisiana Attorney General
- Louisiana Secretary of State
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