A lot of you probably don’t know who he is. Jindal is the current governor of Louisiana. I’m not gonna lie, I had to do my research on this guy – the name was vaguely familiar from Katrina, but after hearing his name buzzing around the blogosphere, I figured I should check him out.
I’m seriously impressed with him. He has a pretty amazing record. Before he was 30, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals. According to the LA official site, he “rescued Louisiana’s Medicaid program from bankruptcy, childhood immunizations increased, Louisiana ranked third best nationally in health care screenings for children, and new and expanded services for elderly and disabled persons were offered”.
In 1998, Jindal was appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He was then appointed President of the University of Louisiana System, the 16th largest higher education system in the country. In 2001, he was appointed by Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. He was elected to congress in 2004, where he was elected Freshman Class President and served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources and Assistant Majority Whip.
From his website:
In his first term he passed a number of notable pieces of legislation and played an instrumental role in Louisiana’s recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His noteworthy accomplishments include the passage of legislation to bring significant offshore energy revenues to Louisiana for the first time and legislation that keeps Federal Emergency Management Agency from taxing certain recovery grants as income.
He served in congress until 2008, when he was inaugurated as the Governor of Louisiana.
That alone is a pretty impressive resume. 100% pro-life record. Offshore drilling proponent. Oh yeah, and he’s 36 years old.