Bobby Jindal

July 11, 2015
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Bobby Jindal
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55th Governor of Louisiana
Assumed office
January 14, 2008
Lieutenant Mitch Landrieu
Scott Angelle
Jay Dardenne
Preceded by Kathleen Blanco
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[1]
June 10, 1971 (age 44)
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 (B.S.)
New College, Oxford (M.Litt)
Religion Roman Catholicism[2]
Website Government website

Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (born June 10, 1971)[1] is an American politician who is the 55th and current governor of Louisiana and the former vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.[3]

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.[4] He was re-elected in a landslide in 2011. On June 24, 2015, Jindal announced his candidacy for president in 2016.

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