RALEIGH — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a “rising star” in conservative politics, will deliver the featured remarks Feb. 4 during the John Locke Foundation’s 19th anniversary celebration in Raleigh.
“We’re delighted to announce that the John Locke Foundation is bringing Gov. Jindal to the Triangle,” said JLF President John Hood. “In his first year in office, he already has helped Louisiana state government recover from the bureaucratic mess associated with its poor response to Hurricane Katrina. He also has called special legislative sessions focusing on ethics reform and on eliminating burdensome taxes that deter investment and limit growth. These themes fit well with the John Locke Foundation’s focus on free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility.”
Jindal will speak during an evening reception and dinner event Feb. 4 at the Marriott Crabtree Valley. He joins a distinguished list of JLF anniversary speakers that includes: George Will, nationally syndicated columnist and television analyst; Peggy Noonan, columnist and former Reagan speechwriter; Winston S. Churchill, author, retired British Conservative Party leader, and grandson of the World War II-era British prime minister; Kenneth Starr, former U.S. solicitor general and independent counsel; and William Kristol, Weekly Standard editor and former chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle.
Now 37 years old, Jindal took the oath of office as Louisiana’s governor Jan. 14 after serving one full and one partial term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected at 36 as the youngest governor in the United States, though he already had served as principal policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, president of the University of Louisiana system, executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, and secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
Political pundits mentioned Jindal as a potential Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, and he has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. An unnamed GOP senator called Jindal “the rising star of the Republican Party” in an interview last month for the Web site Politico.com.
Tickets are available for the John Locke Foundation’s 19th anniversary dinner celebration in Raleigh. Individual tickets cost $60. Contact the Locke Foundation at www.johnlocke.org/events/, 919-828-3876, or 866-JLF-INFO for more information.