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U.S. REP. BOBBY JINDAL TO ADDRESS SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND Ė U.S. Rep. Bobby
Jindal (R-La.) will deliver the keynote address at Southeastern Louisiana
Universityís spring commencement on Saturday, May 14.
Southeastern will confer associate,
bachelorís and masterís degrees on nearly 1,050 students at the 10 a.m.
ceremony in the University Center.
Jindal, a first-time Congressman
representing Louisianaís First District, was elected last November. Selected
by his colleagues as Freshman Class President, he serves on three House
of Representatives committees: Homeland Security, Resources, and Education
and the Workforce.
In 1996 Jindal was appointed secretary
of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals where he revamped the
Medicaid program, turning a $400 million deficit he inherited into a $220
million surplus. In 1998 he was appointed executive director of the National
Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He was responsible for
the 17-member national panelís day-to-day operations and the creation of
its proposals. The commissionís recommendations were the driving force
backing the Medicare Modernization Act that updated the program and was
signed into law in 2003.
Jindal returned to Louisiana in
1999 when he was appointed president of the University of Louisiana System,
the governing body for eight regional universities, including Southeastern.
Later he was appointed a senior health policy advisor to President George
W. Bush, serving as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation for
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A native of Baton Rouge, he received
his undergraduate degree with honors from Brown University in biology and
public policy and graduate degree in politics from Oxford University, which
he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.