John Neely Kennedy

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John Neely Kennedy
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Louisiana State Treasurer
In office
January 2000 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 15
PredecessorKenneth Duncan (D)
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
Campaign $$5,844,256
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University (1973)
J.D.University of Virginia (1977)
OtherBCL, Oxford University (1979)
Place of birthCenterville, Mississippi
Office website
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John Neely Kennedy (b. November 21, 1951) is the Louisiana State Treasurer. Kennedy, a Republican, assumed office in January 2000. He was elected to a fourth term in 2011.[1] In August 2007 Kennedy switched parties, from Democrat to Republican.[2]


Kennedy was born in Centreville, Mississippi. He is married and has one child. Kennedy is an adjunct professor at LSU Law School and a volunteer substitute teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.

Kennedy was first elected as Insurance Commissioner in 1999 and has been re-elected since. He was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2008.

Kennedy served as Special Council to Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer from 1988-1992, Secretary in the Governor's Cabinet from 1990-1992, and Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue from 1996-1999.[3]


  • BCL, Oxford University, 1979
  • JD, University of Virginia, 1977
  • BA, Vanderbilt University, 1973

Political career

Louisiana Treasurer 2000-present

As state treasurer Kennedy oversees the state’s $10.6 billion investment portfolios, as well as local and state bond issues and returns unclaimed property.[4]



Kennedy is considered a run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot seek re-election.[5]


See also: Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Kennedy ran for a fourth term as state treasurer in 2011. Since he did not draw any opposition he was automatically re-elected.[1]


Kennedy won re-election as state treasurer in the November 2007 election unopposed.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kennedy is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Kennedy raised a total of $5,844,256 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[6]

John Neely Kennedy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Louisiana Treasurer Won $1,785,841
2009 Louisiana Treasurer Not up for election $62,174
2007 Louisiana Treasurer Won $1,424,319
2005 Louisiana Treasurer* Not up for election $177,316
2003 Louisiana Treasurer* Won $1,462,907
1999 Louisiana Treasurer* Won $931,699
Grand Total Raised $5,844,256
*Kennedy ran as a Democratic candidate in these years.

1999, 2003, 2007

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kenneth Duncan (D)
Louisiana State Treasurer
Succeeded by