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Bobby Jindal 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Bobby Jindal is hugged by his mother Raj, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 20, 2007. (A.J. Sisco/UPI/Landov)

By    |   Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 12:20 PM

Bobby Jindal has taken the national stage by storm as Louisiana’s governor, and now his name is surfacing as a possible 2016 presidential candidate.

But his life before politics was anything but ordinary. Here are seven things you might not have known — including his name.

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1. Piyush Jindal was born in Baton Rouge in 1971 to Indian parents attending graduate school; his mother was already pregnant with him when she arrived in the U.S., the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

2. Jindal gave himself the nickname “Bobby” after the youngest son of “The Brady Bunch” family on TV and has gone by that name ever since, though he remains legally named Piyush, according to Ballotpedia.

3. Raised a Hindu, Jindal converted to Catholicism as a teenager. He wrote of the experience and his spiritual struggles in the Catholic magazine New Oxford Review.

4. He thought about joining the priesthood while at Oxford University but decided against it, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Jindal is a graduate of Baton Rouge (Louisiana) High School, Brown University (1991 honors graduate, biology and public policy), and Oxford (1994, Rhodes Scholar, graduate degree), according to his website. He was a consultant for McKinsey and Co., advising Fortune 500 companies, from 1994 to 1995 — including steel giant Arcelor-Mittal — before taking his first political job.

6. Bobby Jindal and his future wife, Supriya (Jolly), attended high school together, but the two did not speak again until 1996, when Bobby invited her to a Mardi Gras ball after his date canceled. They were engaged several months later and married in October 1997, according to the Louisiana governor’s website.

7. In 2006, Jindal and Supriya delivered their third child at home. There was barely time to call 911 before the delivery, and Jindal received a nurse's coaching by phone, U.S. News said. Paramedics arrived as he was tying off the umbilical cord with a shoestring.

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Bobby Jindal has taken the national stage by storm as Louisiana’s governor, and now his name is surfacing as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. But his life before politics was anything but ordinary. Here are seven things you might not have known — including his name.
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