Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination yesterday, first on Twitter and then in a speech in front of supporters at the Pontchartrain Center in his hometown of Kenner, Louisiana.
Jindal was the first Indian American governor in United States history when he was first elected in 2007. He was re-elected in Louisiana’s blanket primary election in 2011, with 65.9 percent of the vote. Before his governorship, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
A graduate of Brown University and a Rhodes Scholar, Jindal is known for his strong conservatism on everything from tax policy to green energy. CNN reported that aides to Jindal said his campaign would focus on border security, replacing Obamacare, defense spending, and private sector growth. He is currently trailing most other serious Republican candidates in name recognition and favorability rankings.