Bobby Jindal (R)

Governor of Louisiana (since January 2007)

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Why He Matters

Louisiana's steamy political swamp has produced an unlikely political figure: an Ivy League-educated policy wonk and reformer who became the nation's first Indian-American governor, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal.

The Louisiana governor is widely seen as a possible vice-presidential pick this November and a candidate for president in either 2016 or 2020. Reelected to a second term in 2011 with a remarkable 67 percent of the vote, Jindal remains one of the most popular — and conservative — governors in the country. If selected as the GOP nominee’s running mate, Jindal would make history as the first Indian-American on a national party ticket.

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La.’s Jindal to deliver commencement at Liberty

Another early Republican presidential prospect is heading to Liberty University.


Gov. Bobby Jindal to keynote Liberty University’s commencement ceremony

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, widely considered a rising star in the Republican Party and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will be the commencement speaker at Liberty University on May 10.

Even the strongest relationships sour

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair -- seemingly inseparable. Times have changed.

Bobby Jindal wants to be the ‘ideas’ candidate in 2016. But will that be enough?

The Louisiana governor believes leading the policy debate will help him when it comes to 2016. He may not be right.


2016 campaign checklist: Jindal

(Phelan M. Ebenhack, File / Associated Press)

A look at preparations by Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:


Secession, a tournament for GOP

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The party can learn from NCAA’s March Madness.

Jindal: Bill de Blasio a ‘petulant tyrant’

The New York mayor has emerged as a popular punching bag for the GOP.

Jindal likens Obama administration to segregationists

He accuses Attorney General Eric Holder of attempting to “stand in the schoolhouse door.”


At a Glance

  • Career History: U.S. Congress (2005 through 2007); Secretary, Lousiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals (1996 to 1998); Executive Director, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, (1998 to 1999); President, University of Louisiana System (1999 to 2001); Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (2001 to 2003)
  • Birthday: June 10, 1971
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
  • Alma Mater: Brown University, B.A. 1991; Oxford University, M.Lit., 1994
  • Spouse: Supriya Jindal
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Office: Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 94004Baton Rouge, Louisana 70804-9004, 225-335-7015
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Path to Power

Jindal has assembled a remarkable resume in his still-young career compiled in his home state and Washington, D.C. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1993 and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a master's in public policy from New College in Oxford. In 1996, Louisiana GOP Gov. Mike Foster appointed Jindal - then just 24 years old - to head the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).

The department was the state's largest with 12,000 employees and a $4 billion budget. There, Jindal stunningly turned a $400 million deficit into a multi-year surplus. His health-care policy prowess earned national attention and Jindal was appointed in 1998 as the executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare that was created by Congress. Upon the completion of the commission's work a year later, he returned to the Louisiana government to serve as the president of the state's university system.

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The Issues

Jindal's brand of conservatism is confident, knowledgeable and modern. He offers detailed policy proposals and action plans with refreshing sincerity. In just his first year in office, Gov. Jindal ushered ethics legislation, tax relief, and significant criminal, educational and health-care reforms through the Louisiana legislature.

Ethics and Government Reform

Jindal called a special session of the state legislature shortly after his gubernatorial win to address ethics reform, calling on lawmakers to adopt the "gold standard" in public ethics and disclosure law.

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The Network

With a resume that includes stints as a congressman, a Bush administration assistant secretary, and as the head of Louisiana's state university and health-care systems, Jindal's network of contacts and supporters is deep, wide and national.

Louisiana Republican Governor Mike Foster gave Jindal his early break in 1996 with the appointment to run DHH. Gov. Foster said his choice was "a bit unorthodox due to his young age, but I am pleased to find such an exceptionally talented Secretary." In fact, Jindal's performance in his various roles has been so impressive that he's earned a wide variety of fans, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, a Democrat who endorsed Jindal in 2003 and Democratic Sen. John Breaux (La.), the dean of Louisiana politics who worked with Jindal on the Medicare commission.

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