Bobby Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on June 10, 1971. Jindal is now a Catholic, but was brought up as a Hindu. Jindal earned a BS at Brown University in 1991 and graduated with honors in biology and public policy. Jindal then went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated from Oxford in 1994 .
On October 18, 1997, Jindal married his wife, Supriya. The couple have three children; Slade Ryan who is a 1-year-old, Shaan Robert, who is 3-years-old, and Selia Elizabeth, who is 6-years-old.
Before going into politics, Jindal worked for McKinsey and Company in 1994 as a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies.
In 1996, Jindal was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
While in service, Jindal achieved the following:
- Revived the state’s Medicaid program by saving it from bankruptcy
- Helped increase the amount of childhood immunizations
- Helped the state rank third best nationally in health care screening for children
- Created new, expanded services for disabled and elderly people
In 1998, Jindal was made Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.
In 2001, Jindal was appointed as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by President George W. Bush. He served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
In 2003, Jindal resigned from the HHS Department and returned to Louisiana to run for office. Shortly after, in 2004, Jindal was elected to the 109th United States Congress to represent the First District of Louisiana. He was easily re-elected to Congress with an 88 percent majority in 2006.
On October, 20, 2007, Jindal won 54 percent of the primary vote and was elected Governor of Louisiana. When Jindal was elected, he helped create comprehensive ethics reform, which was the “cornerstone of his election platform”. The bills included disclosure laws and expense account limits.
“Hurricanes Katrina and Rita presented Jindal with a unique moment in his state’s history to enact reforms; as he put it, the storms ’caused people to rethink how they wanted their social institutions to be designed, how they wanted services to be delivered, what kind of state they wanted to call home.”
2016 Election Potential
Some Republicans think Jindal is the face of change for the Republican party. According to topics.nytimes.com, Jindal “is a part of a younger generation of reform-minded Republicans that has been accumulating power in the state.”
However, when Jindal gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s 26th address to Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike were not impressed with his speech.
Jindal will have to convince people in his political party that he’s ready for the presidency. While he has a lot of political experience, he’s young. Running in 2012, despite facing President Obama, may give him the exposure and campaign experience necessary to succeed in 2016.
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