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Jay Dardenne, Jr.'s Biography

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Full Name:

John 'Jay' Leigh Dardenne, Jr.




Wife: Cathy; 2 Children: John, Matthew

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Baton Rouge, LA

Home City:

Baton Rouge, LA



JD, Law Center, Louisiana State University, 1979

BA, Journalism, Louisiana State University, 1976

Lieutenant Governor, State of Louisiana, 2010-2016

Secretary of State, State of Louisiana, 2006-2010

Won Special Election, Experience, State of Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, 2010

Senator, Louisiana State Senate, District 16, 1992-2006

Member, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council, District 12, 1989-1991

Candidate, Louisiana State Senate, 1987

Co-Chair, Arts in Education Task Force

Co-Chair, School Finance Commission

Attorney, Kennon, Odom, and Dardenne, Limited Liability Company, 1981-present

Law Clerk, Honorable Frank J. Polozola, 1979-1981

Coach, Basketball

President, Baton Rouge Kids' Baseball Clinic

President, Cerebral Palsy Association

President, Leadership Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Incorporated

President, Louisiana State University Alumni Association

National Board Member/President, Muscular Dystrophy Association

President, River City Festivals Association

Chair, Local Organizing Committee, National Senior Olympics, 1993, 2001

Board Member, Louisiana State University, 1977-1978


* National Republican Legislators Association's "Legislator of the Year" (2003).
* Greater New Orleans Chamber of Commerce's "Business Champion" (2001, 2002).
* National Federation of Independent Business's "Guardian of Small Business Award" recipient
* Baton Rouge Business Report's "Most Effective Legislator" (1998).
* Gambit Weekly's "Best Local Legislator" (2000).
* Victims and Citizens Against Crime's "Legislator of the Year" (1993, 2003) and "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient (1999).
* Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana's "Outstanding Legislator" (1998).
* Friends of Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities' "Lifetime Service Award" recipient (1998).
* Impresario's Choice "Arts Advocate of the Year" (2002).
* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award recipient (2011).
* Leadership Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Association's "Community Leadership Award" recipient (2001).
* National Association of Social Workers' "Public Official of the Year" (1998), the first-ever Republican awarded with this distinction.
* LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame inductee (2002).
* Honorary Member of the Order of the Coif, LSU Law Center (2002).
* Delta Kappa Gamma's "Golden Apple Award" recipient (2002).
* Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling "Eagle Award" recipient (2000).

Father's Name:

John Dardenne, Sr.

Mother's Name:

Janet Abramson Dardenne