All About Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal

All About Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal
Governor Jindal holds press conference in St. Mary parish Louisiana GOHSEP CC BY-SA 2.0

Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, the first Indian-American to have been elected as a governor in the United States, was born to Indian immigrants living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 10, 1971.


Recently, the Louisiana Governor Jindal launched his bid for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections seeking the Republican nomination, becoming the first Indian-American to do so.

Jindal graduated in 1988 from the Baton Rouge Magnet High School at the top of his class. In 1991, he graduated with majors in biology and public policy. Following this, he studied Master of Letters in political science as a Rhodes scholar at New College, Oxford.

After working at McKinsey & Company and interning for Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, he was appointed as the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in 1996 and as the president of the University of Louisiana System in 1999. Later in 2001, Jindal was appointed as the principal adviser to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services by President George Bush.

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In 2003, he ran for governor for the first time and won a plurality in the nonpartisan blanket primary, but he lost during the general elections. Following this, he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2004 elections and was re-elected in 2006. In the year 2007, he ran again for governor and managed to secure an outright majority in the first round of balloting, becoming the first Indian-American governor in the country, and was re-elected in 2011.