Senator from Louisiana; born in Centreville, Miss., November 21, 1951; B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1977; B.C.L., Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1979; lawyer; special counsel to Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer; secretary to Governor Roemer’s Cabinet; secretary of the state Department of Revenue in the Cabinet of Louisiana governor Mike Foster 1996-1999; Louisiana state treasurer 1999-2016; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2016 for the term ending January 3, 2023.
John Kennedy was elected without opposition to his 4th term as Louisiana State Treasurer in 2011. Prior to his position as Treasurer, Mr. Kennedy served as Secretary of the Department of Revenue, Special Counsel to Governor Roemer and Secretary of Governor Roemer’s Cabinet. He was also an attorney and partner in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans law firm of Chaffe McCall.
Mr. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude in political science, philosophy and economics from Vanderbilt, was president of his senior class, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his B.C.L. degree from Oxford University in England where he was a First Class Honors graduate.
Mr. Kennedy is an adjunct professor at LSU Law School and is a volunteer substitute teacher for East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. He resides in Madisonville, Louisiana, with his wife Becky and their son, Preston.