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UA Success Story: Bobby Jindal

Leslie Brown

How can you NOT love someone who changed their name to “Bobby” from Bobby from the Brady Bunch?!

All kidding aside, Bobby Jindal is an amazing Unhyphenated American. Bobby Jindal, born Piyush Jindal in 1971 to immigrant parents, became interested in politics after serving as an intern for Louisiana congressman Jim McCrery over a summer.

Bobby graduated from Brown University in 1991 and then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar studying different healthcare systems. (Side note: THIS GUY might be a good guy to talk to re: his opinion on Obamacare…I’m just sayin’.)

In 1996, Jindal landed his first job in public service, becoming the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The department was in deep financial trouble when he took over. During his tenure, Jindal unearthed numerous cases of fraud and waste, and turned the health-care system around financially….In 2001, Jindal joined the administration of President George W. Bush, as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He resigned from that post two years later, returning to Louisiana for his first election bid.

A virtual unknown, Jindal sought to win Louisiana’s highest office in 2003. The conservative Catholic politician ran on a pro-life, anti-gun control platform, but he could not win over enough of the state to secure the governorship. He, however, did not wallow in his defeat (what my mother refers to as “soaking in your juices of sorrow”). He campaigned and won election to the U.S. House of Representatives the following year.

While in the House, Jindal served on several committees, including the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He also worked hard to pass legislation to support Louisiana’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During this natural disaster, Jindal appeared on national television several times to speak about the crisis. His family, which includes his wife Supriya and three children, was forced to leave their home in Kenner, Louisiana, during the hurricane.(1)

Jindal assisted in the relocation of 1.9 million people during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, and handled it deftly. What with his expertise in the field of healthcare and disasters, Jindal has proposed that all flights from Ebola stricken countries be banned.(1,2)

Might Jindal be a candidate for President in the future? Jindal is not speculating on the prospect at the moment, but if he does, I have a plan in place…


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