Bobby Jindal Fast Facts

Birth date:
June 10, 1971
Birth place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Birth name: Piyush Jindal
Father: Amar Jindal, engineer
Mother: Raj (Gupta) Jindal
Marriage: Supriya (Joly) Jindal (October 1997-present)
Children: Slade, 2006; Shaan, 2004; Selia, 2002
Education: Brown University, B.S., Biology and Public Policy, 1991; Oxford University, M.A., Literature, 1994 (Rhodes scholar)
Religion: Born Hindu, converted to Roman Catholicism
Other Facts:
First Indian-American elected to Congress since 1956.
First Indian-American governor in the United States.
Son Shaan was born with a heart defect and had surgery as an infant.
Bobby Jindal delivered son Slade at home before the EMTs could arrive.
As a boy, he insisted on being called Bobby after his favorite character in “The Brady Bunch.”
1994-1995 –
Associate at consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
1996-1998 – Secretary of the Health and Hospitals Department for the State of Louisiana. Jindal restructures Louisiana’s Medicaid program from bankruptcy to surplus.
1998 – Appointed executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare created by Congress in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
1999-2001 – President of the University of Louisiana System.
2001-2003 – Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.
2003 – Runs for governor of Louisiana. Wins Republican primary but loses a runoff against Democrat Kathleen Blanco.
2004 – Elected to the US House of Representatives and serves two terms.
October 20, 2007 – Elected governor of Louisiana with 54% of the vote in the primary, winning 60 of 64 parishes.
2009 – Delivers the Republican response to President Barack Obama‘s first address to Congress.
October 22, 2011 – Re-elected to a second term as governor with 65.8% of the vote in the open primary, winning 64 of 64 parishes.
November 2012 – Is named chairman of the Republican Governors Association for 2013.
May 18, 2015 – Jindal announces that he is establishing a presidential exploratory committee.
June 24, 2015 – Jindal announces he is running for president on social media. He later makes a formal announcement at an event in Kenner, Louisiana.
October 20, 2015 – Jindal’s book “American Will: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic” is published.
January 11, 2016 – Leaves the office of governor as John Bel Edwards is inaugurated as his successor.