Birth Name: Piyush Jindal
Birth Place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 10, 1971
Ethnicity: Punjabi Indian
Bobby Jindal ia an American politician. A Republican, he was the 55th Governor of Louisiana, from January 14, 2008 to January 11, 2016. He was also Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, from July 9, 2001 to February 21, 2003, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana, from January 3, 2005 to January 14, 2008.
He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.
Bobby is the son of Punjabi Indian immigrant parents, and is the first Indian-American governor in the United States. Raised a Hindu, he converted to Catholicism while attending college. He is married to Supriya Jolly, with whom has three children.
Bobby is the first person of Indian ancestry to have mounted a major campaign for a party’s nomination for President of the United States. Kamala Harris is the second (she ran for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President, and began serving as Vice President of the United States in 2021).
Bobby is also one of three people who were at least partly raised in the Hindu faith to have run for a major party’s presidential nomination. Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard, who both sought the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination, are the others. Of the three, only Tulsi is a practicing Hindu.
Bobby is one of several Asian-Americans to have mounted a notable campaign for a major American political party’s nomination for President of the United States. The others are:
*Hiram Fong (who sought the 1964 and 1968 Republican nominations; Fong was of Chinese descent)
*Patsy Mink (who sought the 1972 Democratic nomination; Mink was of Japanese descent)
*Andrew Yang (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Yang’s parents are Taiwanese)
*Kamala Harris (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Harris’ mother was a Tamil Indian)