The US is getting closer to have it’s first ever Indian-American president as Louisiana Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal made his 2016 campaign announcement as he tweeted “I’m running for President of the United States of America.”
About Bobby Jindal:
- Bobby isn’t his real name, it’s a nickname. Jindal (44) was born Piyush Jindal in Baton Rouge in 1971 to parents who had emigrated just months earlier from India. Raised Hindu, Jindal was converted to Christianity later when he was in the high school.
- The Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University had a young start in government and public policy when in 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him to be assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, acting as the chief policy adviser to the director of HHS.
- Jindal, became the youngest sitting governor in the United States when he was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana at the age of 36.However, he would not be the youngest president if elected in the November 2016 presidential elections as the youngest president elected to office was John F Kennedy (age 43 years, 236 days).
- In the other hand at the age of 70, the former New York Governor George Pataki is the oldest Republican presidential candidate.