|55th Governor of Louisiana|
January 14, 2008
|Preceded by||Kathleen Blanco|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 1st district
January 3, 2005 – January 14, 2008
|Preceded by||David Vitter|
|Succeeded by||Steve Scalise|
|Born||June 10, 1971
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Children||1 daughter, 2 sons|
|Alma mater||Brown University (B.A.)
University of Oxford (MLitt.)
|Profession||Former President of the University of Louisiana, Consultant (business), Politician|
|Website||Governor Bobby Jindal|
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (born June 10, 1971) is the Governor of Louisiana. Before becoming Governor, he was a Representative in the United States Congress. Jindal is a Republican, which means that he is a conservative governor.
Jindal was born to Indian parents in Baton Rouge. He is the only elected Indian governor in the United States. Jindal became governor at the age of 36, which makes him one of the youngest governors in the United States. He is currently the second youngest governor after fellow Republican Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina.
Before Becoming Governor[change | change source]
Jindal was born to Amar and Raj Jindal. His parents were born in India but moved to Louisiana in 1971. He grew up in Baton Rouge and went to school in that city. In college, Jindal was educated at Brown University and Oxford University. In college, he learned about government and medicine. After passing college, Jindal helped many businesses in Louisiana.
Governor[change | change source]
Jindal is a conservative Republican who believes in making taxes lower for everybody. As governor, Jindal has fought against dishonest politicians. Jindal favors more gun freedom and has spoken at the National Rifle Association .
When BP could not contain its oil spill in 2010, Jindal, traditionally an opponent of federal expenditires and activity in states, became one of the loudest callers for federal assistance of all types from money to laws and manpower. He was heavily criticized by the White House and many others for opposing resources for the Federal Government and insisting that the States be reposnible for their own affairs, Then, when Louisiana needed help in Katrina and the Oil Spill, he was critical that the Federal government would not do more, faster. He also came under criticism for having always advocating the interests if large oil companies and never asking for more safety inspectors (the Gulf inspectors are a small fraction of the staffing of other regions relative to the number of offshore oil wells.) Jindal also never objected to the terrible safety record of BP prior to the spill. Defenders of his record argue that he and other Louisiana politicians, made a reasonable tradeoff decision, and Federal reources sould be used to assist Louisiana since the oil that is produced benfits the entire country.
References[change | change source]
- Michelle Millhollon, “Jindal apparent winner *** Main foes concede election,” The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), October 21, 2007.
- Whoriskey, Peter (October 21, 2007). "Jindal Wins Louisiana Race, Becomes First Indian American Governor". Washington Post: p. A08. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/20/AR2007102000528.html?hpid=topnews?hpid=topnews. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
- Moses, Caroline (June 18, 2008). "Stelly tax ad causing controversy". Baton Rouge, LA: WAFB Channel 9. http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=8521558&nav=menu57_1.
- Lewis D. Eigen, "Bobby Jindal & Mary Landrieu : Birds of a Feather Oiled Together", Scriptamus, June 2010, http://scriptamus.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/bobby-jindal-mary-landrieu-birds-of-a-feather-oiled-together/