Bobby Jindal

202Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (born June 10, 1971)[1] is an American politician who is the 55th governor of Louisiana, a former US Congressman, and former vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.[3]

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

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 the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.


    Threshold > 50%
    First Ballot, October 22, 2011

Candidate     Affiliation     Support     Outcome
Bobby Jindal     Republican     672,950 (66%)     Elected
Tara Hollis     Democratic     182,755 (18%)     Defeated
Cary J. Deaton     Democratic     49,988 (5%)     Defeated
Ivo "Trey" Roberts     Democratic     33,194 (3%)     Defeated