John Neely Kennedy

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John Neely Kennedy


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2017
Preceded by David Vitter

Louisiana State Treasurer
In office
January 10, 2000 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Kenneth "Ken" Duncan
Succeeded by Ron Henson (interim)

Born November 21, 1951
Centreville, Mississippi
Resting place Democrat-turned Republican (2007)
Spouse(s) Rebecca Stulb Kennedy
Children Preston Kennedy
Residence Madisonville, Louisiana
Alma mater Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia
Magdalen College, Oxford
Religion United Methodist
Website kennedy.senate.gov

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.[1]

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.

References

  1. Ron Gomez, My Name Is Ron And I'm a Recovering Legislator: Memoirs of a Louisiana State Representative, (Lafayette, Louisiana: Zemog Publishing, 2000), isbn=0-9700156-0-7, p. 247