Bobby Jindal

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Public Office(s) Held: 
55th Governor of Louisiana 2008 - currently
U.S. House of Representative from LA's 1st district 2005 - 2008
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2001 - 2003
President of the University of Louisiana System 1999 - 2001
Secretary of Louisiana Health and Hospitals 1996 - 1998
Short bio: 

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal was born on June 10, 1971 in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the 55th and current Governor of Louisiana and the Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Jindal's parents are immigrants from India who came to the U.S. six months before he was born. Jindal attended Baton Rouge Magnet High School, graduating in 1988. As a teenager, he competed in tennis tournaments, and started a computer newsletter, a retail candy business, and a mail-order software company. He spent his free time working at the stands during LSU football games. Jindal was one of 50 students nationwide admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University, guaranteeing him a place in medical school.

Jindal studied for a Bachelor of Science in biology and public policy at Brown University from 1988 to 1991 and then a Master of Letters in political science from New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He worked for McKinsey & Company and interned for Representative Jim McCrery of Louisiana. In 1996, Governor 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 President George W. Bush.

Jindal first ran for governor in 2003 and won a plurality in the nonpartisan blanket primary but lost in the general election to Democrat 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. He was re-elected in a landslide in 2011.


PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

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