Bobby Jindal on Families & Children

Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)

Entered into "covenant marriage" with his wife

The president of the Family Research Council praised Jindal as one of the few prospective 2016 candidates with a personal life that exemplifies conservative religious values. As an example, Jindal and his wife, Supriya, were the first couple in the country to enter into a "covenant marriage," a special sort of legal union designed by Perkins in Louisiana when he was a state lawmaker that makes divorce more difficult.

On paper, Jindal seems like an improbable candidate to marshal the religious right in the culture wars. He is an ethnic minority in a movement that is almost entirely white. Perhaps most problematically, Jindal was raised Hindu, and became a Catholic in his late teens only after a complicated, and sometimes messy, conversion that he later detailed in a series of articles for an obscure religious journal. The articles are nuanced, fascinating, and deeply human, revealing a level of self-awareness and sophistication about faith that is uncommon among aspiring politicians.

Source: Buzzfeed blog 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jun 20, 2014

Family values reduce poverty; war on poverty doesn't

Morals and values affect everything in people's lives. Some Republicans believe we'll get more votes by focusing on free-market economics and ignoring all that "divisive" talk about values and morality. The trouble is that if we ignore more fundamental issues of right and wrong, we will fail.

Studies consistently show children in broken homes are four times more likely to live in poverty. The poverty rate for children of married couples is 8.2%, compared to 35.2%--four times higher--for children of single parents. While recognizing the heroic work done by single moms across the country, we cannot ignore the evidence that families matter, that children of two-parent households tend to do better, and that the family unit is the foundation of society.

We have spent trillions of dollars to fight poverty with meager results. Why? Because simply throwing money at the problem will not fix it. Poverty, like so many other economic problems, is not simply about money. It's about values that work.

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.267 , Nov 15, 2010

Increase scrutiny & penalties for school child abuse

Next session we will build on our work to protect our children from those predators that prey on them. If I am known for one thing when I leave office I want it to be this....that we made Louisiana the safest place in America to raise children.

We will increase penalties for school employees who abuse or neglect special education students--including our deaf and blind students. We must take extra initiative to protect our children--especially when they are entrusted to the care of education professionals when their parents send them to school.

I will support legislation to increase penalties and background checks to make sure predators stay away from our kids--especially in our schools.

Next session, we will also work to take the next step in our involuntary civil commitment pilot program legislation passed last session. We will also work to impose additional penalties when sex offenders fail to submit to electronic monitoring as required by law.

Source: 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2009

Other governors on Families & Children: Bobby Jindal on other issues:

LA Senatorial:
Bill Cassidy
David Vitter
Mary Landrieu
Rob Maness

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LA: Vitter(R) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D)
MS: Bryant(R) vs.Slater(D)
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VT: Shumlin(D)
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Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
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AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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