Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Born: June 10, 1971 (1971-06-10) Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Spouse(s): Supriya Jindal
Children :Selia Elizabeth , Shaan Robert, Slade Ryan
Residence :Louisiana’s Governor’s Mansion, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alma mater:Brown University, University of Oxford
Profession:Former President of the University of Louisiana, Business Consultant
Religion: Roman Catholic
Political Career :
- In 1996 at the age of 25, Jindal became the state’s youngest Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals after being appointed to the position by then Governor Mike Foster. The agency represented about 40% of the state budget and employed over 12,000 people. During his tenure, Louisiana’s Medicaid program went from bankruptcy with a $400 million deficit into three years of surpluses totaling $220 million.
- In 1999, at the request of the Louisiana Governor’s Office and the Louisiana State Legislature, Jindal volunteered his time to study how Louisiana might use its $4.4 billion share ofatobacco settlement. Also in 1999, at only 28 years of age, Jindal was appointed to become the youngest-ever president of the University of Louisiana System, the nation’s 16th largest system of higher education with over 80,000 students per year.
- In March 2001 he was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation.He was later unanimously confirmed by a vote of the United States Senate and began serving on July 9, 2001. In that position, he served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.He resigned from that post on February 21, 2003, to return to Louisiana and run for governor.
- 2003. Jindal ran for Governor.In its open Primary, he finished first with 33% of the vote. He went on to run in thegubernatorial runoffagainst the second place winner of the open primary, Democrat Kathleen Blanco. Blanco won the election with 52% of the vote and despite losing her home district to Jindal.
- A few weeks after the 2003 gubernatorial runoff, Jindal decided to run for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district. The incumbent, David Vitter, was running for the Senate seat being vacated by John Breaux. He won the 2004 Election for that seat with 78 percent of the vote.
- 2006, Jindal secured reelection to Congress with an overwhelming 88 percent of the vote.
- 2007, Jindal announced his candidacy for governor. In what was a crowded field in the open primary process of Louisiana, Jindal defeated eleven opponents and received 699,672 votes or 54 % of the vote.Having exceeded the 50% mark it was the first time that a non-incumbent candidate for governor was elected without a runoff under the Louisiana election system.
Bobby Jindahl spent his adult life devoted to serving the public. Be it in the areas of health, education or the issues at large, as univeristy president,Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, the youngest everSecretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals,President Bush’s Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a member of Congress, a husband, father or Governor, Bobby Jindal fulfills his responsibitilies with a distiction of excellence that is unmatched by most.
Born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971, he graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and went on to attend Brown University where he graduated with honors in biology and public policy. Following his graduation from Brown he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar, having turned down admissions to medical and law schools at both Harvard and Yale.
In 1994, Jindal went to work for McKinsey and Company as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies before entering public service. In 1996, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). There were many issues that needed resolving during his tenure, not the least of which was the growing deficit in Louisiana’s Medicaid program. During Jindal’s tenure as DHH Secretary, he rescued Louisiana’s Medicaid program from bankruptcy, childhood immunizations increased, Louisiana ranked third best nationally in health care screenings for children, and new and expanded services for elderly and disabled persons were offered.
In 1998, Jindal was appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. As Executive Director, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Commission, whose work continue to be the driving force behind much of the ongoing debate on how to strengthen and improve Medicare.
At the conclusion of the Commission’s work, Jindal was appointed President of the University of Louisiana System, the 16th largest higher education system in the country. While serving as President, Jindal worked to establish areas of excellence at each individual institution.
President George W. Bush appointed Jindal to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. In that position, he served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. He later resigned from the position in 2003 to return to Louisiana and run for elected office for the first time. In that race, Jindal went from being a relatively unknown candidate for Governor, to receiving the most votes in the primary election and eventually 48 percent of the vote in runoff.
In 2004 he was elected to the 109th United States Congress representing the First District of Louisiana. In Congress he was elected Freshman Class President and served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources. Bobby also served as Assistant Majority Whip. In his first term he passed a number of notable pieces of legislation and played an instrumental role in Louisiana’s recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His noteworthy accomplishments include the passage of legislation to bring significant offshore energy revenues to Louisiana for the first time and legislation that keeps Federal Emergency Management Agency from taxing certain recovery grants as income.
Jindal was re-elected to Congress in 2006 with 88 percent of the vote majority.
He was elected Governor of Louisiana on October 20, 2007, with 54 percent of the vote in the primary, winning 60 of 64 parishes.
Shortly after taking office, Governor Jindal called a Special Session to address comprehensive ethics reform, the cornerstone of his election platform. Since the conclusion of the session, the Better Government Association and the Center for Public Integrity announced that Louisiana’s new ethics laws are among the best in the nation.
Additionally, the Governor’s second Special Session eliminated burdensome taxes that deterred investment in Louisiana and limited the growth of existing Louisiana businesses.
Governor Jindal has put forth detailed plans for reforming our state’s health care, education, and transportation systems, as well as for encouraging workforce development and continuing recovery efforts in areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Jindal led the historic response to Hurricane Gustav by successfully moving 1.9 million people out of harms way, the largest evacuation of citizens in the history of the United States, including the largest medical evacuation in history moving more than 10,400 people from hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities out of the path of the storm.
Bobby Jindal has worked tirelessly to eliminate the bureaucratic red-tape that has slowed the recovery process in the past, allowing recovery from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to progress quickly. Louisiana’s oil and gas, agriculture, fisheries, and transportation industries were all affected by the storms and Governor Jindal continues to work with local, state, and federal entities to ensure that all individuals and industries affected are provided with the necessary assistance.
Bobby Jindal’s presence on the political can not be overlooked. As a true leader, Jindal has proven himself to be in tune with the thinking and spirit of those whom he governs in Louisiana.To them, Jindal is one of them and fighting for them. They understand that that he opposes the ineffectiveness of the bureaucratic process and political posturing that does little more than make government irresponsive to the people and increasingly more costly to run with each passing day.
His swift and bold actions as Governor to hold special sessions of the state legislator that were designed to produce immediate results won him grerat praise. After the disaterous Administration of his predecessor, Democrat Kathleen Blanco, it was obvious that much needed to be done to correct the course of the ship of state in Louisiana.
After making some of the most effective and dramatic reforms in the areas of ethics in government, taxes, health care, education and state transportation, Jindal as earned the description of Republican Reformer.
No other potential candidate can claim to be as big a reformer as Jindal.And his reforms have also proven to succesful. Test scores in Louisiana schools are on the rise, his tax reforms have helped increase investment in the state, lowered the tax burden on the state’s citizens, and his ethics reforms have produced what many groups call the best ethics laws in the nation.
In general, Jindal has struck a chord of execellence in just about every area of impoertnace that will play a role in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. But more than that, no one, with the exception of Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, has had the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills during times of crisis than Jindal.
After Blanco’s lethal handling of Hurricane Katrina, Bobby Jindal proved himself to be a man who can think on his feet and provide prople with courage and confidence during times of crisis. When Hurricane Gustav hit, he showed the world how to prepare for disaster and save lives. When President Obama dropped the ball in his handling of the Gulf oil disaster, Jindal was there rallying his people together, combating the oil flow and fighting the incompetence of the Obama Administration all at the same time.
If Bobby Jindal should decide to run for President, he will be one of the most competetive candidates in the field. As a Rhodes Scholar, few will outsmart him and as proven reformer, few will be able to speak of “change” with the same level of authority as Jindal.
And as an Indian American Bobby Jindal will be able to attract a grwoing community to support his candidacy more so than most other Republicans. The Indian community in the United States is a fast growing one. In many electoral rich states, the Indian poulation is outpacing growth od even some Hispanci communities. This will play an important role in a Jindal candidacy.
Bobby Jindal’s future is probably brighter than most Repuiblicans. He is young, articulate, passionate, intelligent, proven, and liked. His options are wide open and if he does not run for President in 2012, he will join Chris Christie as one of the top two choices to be the vice presidential nominee of whomever the presidential nomination goes to. And if Jindal does not run for either President or Vice President in 2012, you can count on him running for President in any of the presidential elections to follow.