Bobby Jindal

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Bobby Jindal
55th Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 14, 2008 – January 11, 2016
Lieutenant Mitch Landrieu
Scott Angelle
Jay Dardenne
Preceded by Kathleen Blanco
Succeeded by John Bel Edwards
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 14, 2008
Preceded by David Vitter
Succeeded by Steve Scalise
Personal details
Born Piyush Jindal
June 10, 1971 (1971-06-10) (age 45)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Supriya Jolly (1997–present)
Children Selia Elizabeth
Shaan Robert
Slade Ryan
Residence Governor's Mansion
Alma mater Brown University
New College, Oxford
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Government website

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (born June 10, 1971) is an American politician who served as Governor of Louisiana from January 14, 2008 through January 11, 2016. He was elected governor in 2007. Before becoming Governor, he was a Republican Representative in the United States Congress.

Jindal became governor at the age of 36, making him one of the youngest governors in the United States.[1] During his tenure, he was the second youngest governor after fellow Republican Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina. Jindal and Haley are the only Indian-Americans to hold the office of governor in any state in the United States.

On June 24, 2015, Jindal announced that he would run for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential elections. On November 17, 2015, Jindal officially suspended his presidential campaign, saying "this is not my time".[2] On January 11, 2016, Jindal left office and was succeeded by John Bel Edwards.

Early life[change | change source]

Jindal was born in Baton Rouge to Indian parents, Amar and Raj Jindal, who had immigrated 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.[3][4] After passing college, Jindal helped many businesses in Louisiana.

Governor of Louisiana (2008-16)[change | change source]

Jindal is a conservative Republican who believes in making taxes lower for everybody.[5] As governor, Jindal has fought against dishonest politicians.[6] Jindal favors more gun freedom and has spoken at the National Rifle Association[7].

When BP could not contain its oil spill in 2010, Jindal, traditionally an opponent of federal expenditures 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.[8] 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.

On January 11, 2016, Jindal left office because of term-limits. He was succeeded by John Bel Edwards.

Personal life[change | change source]

Jindal is a Catholic Christian and was baptized during college.[9] He is married to Supriya Jindal, with whom he has three children.

2016 presidential campaign[change | change source]

On May 18, 2015, Jindal formed a presidential exploratory committee to determine whether he would run as a candidate in the 2016 Presidential election.[10] Jindal is expected to announce his presidential campaign at an event in New Orleans on June 24.[11]

On June 24th, 2015, Jindal announced that he would run as a candidate in the 2016 Presidential election.[12] He is the first Indian - American to run for president.[13] On November 17, 2015 after poll debate performances and polling numbers, Jindal officially suspended his presidential campaign, saying "this is not my time".

References[change | change source]

  1. Michelle Millhollon, “Jindal apparent winner *** Main foes concede election,” The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), October 21, 2007.
  2. "Republican Bobby Jindal Drops Out of Presidential Race". ABC Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  3. Esquire (magazine)
  5. Moses, Caroline (June 18, 2008). "Stelly tax ad causing controversy". Baton Rouge, LA: WAFB Channel 9.
  8. Lewis D. Eigen, "Bobby Jindal & Mary Landrieu : Birds of a Feather Oiled Together", Scriptamus, June 2010,
  9. Whoriskey, Peter (October 21, 2007). "Jindal Wins Louisiana Race, Becomes First Indian American Governor". Washington Post: p. A08. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
  10. Hunt, Kasie (May 18, 2015). "Governor Bobby Jindal Forms 2016 Exploratory Committee". NBC News. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  11. "bobbyjindal". Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  13. "Bobby Jindal announces entry into 2016 presidential race". Washington Retrieved August 3, 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]