John Neely Kennedy
|John Neely Kennedy|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||David Vitter|
Louisiana State Treasurer
January 10, 2000 – January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Kenneth "Ken" Duncan|
|Succeeded by||Ron Henson (interim)|
|Born|| November 21, 1951|
|Resting place||Democrat-turned Republican (2007)|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Stulb Kennedy|
|Alma mater|| Vanderbilt University|
University of Virginia
Magdalen College, Oxford
John Neely Kennedy (born November 21, 1951) is an attorney and politician who is the junior United States Senator from Louisiana, with service since January 3, 2017. A former Democrat who switched parties in 2007, he was his state's treasurer from 2000 to 2017.
Kennedy's 2016 landslide victory for the Senate over the Democrat Foster Lonnie Campbell, Jr., of Bossier Parish was in sharp contrast to the two losing races that he had made for the Senate in 2004 as a Democrat against Republican David Vitter and in 2008 as a Republican against Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. When Vitter did not seek a third term in the Senate in 2016, after he lost a race for governor in 2015 to the Democrat John Bel Edwards, Kennedy launched his third bid for the position. He had mended fences with Vitter, whom he supported in the gubernatorial race, and Vitter backed Kennedy as his successor.
In 1988, Kennedy first entered politics as the special legal counsel for incoming Governor Buddy Roemer, a Democrat who switched parties in 1991. He returned to the private practice of law until 1996, when Governor Mike Foster, another Democrat-turned-Republican, appointed Kennedy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue.
Though born in southwestern Mississippi, Kennedy was reared in Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish, near the capital city of Baton Rouge. He resides, however, in Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish is suburban New Orleans.
Senator Kennedy is supporting his fellow St. Tammany Parish resident, Republican former state Representative John Schroder in the special election runoff on November 18, 2017, to choose Kennedy's successor as state treasurer.