First Lady Supriya Jindal
First Lady Supriya Jindal
Supriya Jindal became First Lady of Louisiana when her husband, then Congressman Bobby Jindal, was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008. Mrs. Jindal currently serves as the youngest first lady in the nation and is the only First Spouse in the country that holds a degree in engineering.
As a mother of three young children, Supriya has taken an interest in issues regarding children’s education and enjoys encouraging children to build a strong foundation in math and science - no matter what path they hope to pursue in life. In addition to visiting classrooms and participating in hands-on science experiments with students, Mrs. Jindal has established a non-profit foundation, The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children, that is working to modernize Louisiana classrooms by bringing interactive technology into as many Louisiana classrooms as possible.
In addition to highlighting the importance of a quality math and science curriculum, the First Lady is also supporting the artistic endeavors of Louisiana’s students through dedicating a wall at the Governor’s Mansion for children’s art, recognizing different student artists each month. As an avid reader who enjoys reading with her own children, she encourages other parents to read nightly with their children. Supriya is also involved with the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Association, the Louisiana Special Olympics, the American Heart Association, and the Louisiana Shots for Tots Coalition.
Mrs. Jindal has lived in Louisiana her entire life, residing in Metairie until the age of four before moving to Baton Rouge, where she attended public schools including one with her future husband. Following the completion of her freshman year at Baton Rouge High School, Supriya moved back to Metairie, graduated from Grace King High School in 1989, and chose to remain in Louisiana by enrolling in Tulane University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with Honors from Tulane in chemical engineering, Supriya went to work at Monsanto Chemical in Luling, while also pursuing an MBA from Tulane University. After graduating in 1996, Supriya began working in Baton Rouge for the Albemarle Corporation. She has since finished all coursework at LSU towards a PhD in marketing, with a dissertation remaining.
In 1996, after not speaking since high school, Bobby invited Supriya to a Mardi Gras ball after his date cancelled at the last minute. Supriya agreed, and the couple was engaged several months later. Supriya and Bobby were married in October 1997 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Baton Rouge.
Supriya and Bobby have three young children – ages 11, 9 and 7 – and in their free time they enjoy going to the zoo and festivals around the state.