Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made it official on his Twitter account today. The Republican governor is running for President. Jindal is the first Indian-American to make a serious run for the White House. Jindal also made a formal announcement later on Wednesday in Kenner, Louisiana. Jindal is the 13th Republican to join the presidential race in 2016.
Here are highlights of Jindal’s announcement on Twitter.
“My name is Bobby Jindal. I am the Governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I’m running for President of the United States.”
“My parents found that America is indeed the land of the free and home of the brave.”
“We privatized our outdated government-run hospital system. We reformed education with nearly 100% charter schools in New Orleans.”
“Louisiana has statewide school choice because every child deserves an equal opportunity for a great education.”
“We did what they said couldn’t be done. We shrank our budget by 26% and the number of government bureaucrats by more than 30,000.”
“I’m not running for president to be something. I’m running for president to do something.”
“I know that some say I talk too much about my faith, but I won’t be silenced to meet their expectations for political correctness.”
“We are not Indian-Americans, Irish-Americans, African-Americans, rich Americans or poor Americans — We are all Americans.”
Jindal also says religious freedom created America.
“If you are chasing a dream and looking for a land where the people are free, and the opportunities are real, I’m asking you to believe.”
“Believe in what we can do. Believe in what America can do.” Jindal tweeted.
Jindal, 44, was born in Baton Rouge and raised as a Hindu by his immigrant Indian parents in Louisiana. Jindal became a Christian during his youth. He described himself as an “Evangelical Catholic” in a recent interview. Jindal graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Public Policy. Jindal also was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned a Masters of Life in Political Science.
Jindal became the governor of Louisiana in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Before that, Jindal worked for the State of Louisiana and turned around his department, which was in financial trouble. Jindal also worked in President George W. Bush’s administration.
Jindal is married to Supriya Jindal. They have 3 children.