Governor of Louisiana

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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.

Current officer

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

His wife, Supriya Jolly, is the First Lady of Louisiana.


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.


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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

Divisions of the office

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.


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.

Former officeholders

There are eight governing periods in Louisiana history:[1]

  • 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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Contact information

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

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