|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|
June 10, 1971
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Supriya Jolly (1997–present)|
|Alma mater||Brown University (B.S.)
New College, Oxford (M.Litt)
In 1996, Gov. Murphy Foster appointed Jindal secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and in 1999 he was appointed president of the University of Louisiana System. In 2001, Jindal was appointed as the principal adviser to Tommy Thompson, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services by the 43rd President, George W. Bush.
He first ran for governor in 2003 and won a plurality in the nonpartisan blanket primary but lost in the general election to the Democratic candidate, Kathleen Blanco. He then won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2004 elections. The second Indian American in Congress, he was re-elected in 2006. He ran for governor again in 2007 and secured an outright majority in the first round of balloting; in doing so, he became the first Indian American governor in the United States. He was re-elected in a landslide in 2011. On June 24, 2015, Jindal announced his candidacy for president in 2016.