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Jay Dardenne

Jay Dardenne
Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 6, 1954(age 62)
Place of birthBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Political partyRepublican
SpouseCatherine McDonald "Cathy" Dardenne
ChildrenJohn L. Dardenne, III
Matthew M. Dardenne
ProfessionPolitician and Lawyer
58th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
Assumed officeNovember 22, 2010
GovernorBobby Jindal
Preceded byScott Angelle
Secretary of State of Louisiana
In officeNovember 10, 2006 - November 22, 2010
GovernorKathleen Blanco (2006-2008) Bobby Jindal (2008-2010)
Succeeded byTom Schedler
Preceded byAl Ater
Louisiana state senator from District 16 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
In office1992 - 2006
Succeeded byBill Cassidy
Preceded byKenneth E. Osterberger

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John Leigh "Jay" Dardenne, Jr. (born February 6, 1954), has been Louisiana's Republican lieutenant governor since November 22, 2010. He won a special election to the position held in conjunction with the regular November 2 general election. At the time, Dardenne was Louisiana secretary of state. Formerly, Dardenne (pronounced DAR DEN) was a state senator from the Baton Rouge suburbs, having served from 1992 until after his election as secretary of state on September 30, 2006.

Dardenne was reelected to a full term as secretary of state in the October 20, 2007, nonpartisan blanket primary. He received 758,156 votes (63 percent) to 373,956 (31 percent) for the Democrat R. Wooley. A "No Party" candidate, Scott Lewis, received the remaining 64,704 votes (5 percent). Dardenne won fifty-eight of the state's sixty-four parishes. Dardenne outpolled gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal, a fellow Republican, in raw votes and won sixty-one parishes to Jindal's sixty.

On November 2, 2010, Dardenne was elected the next Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, defeating opponent Caroline Fayard, a young Democrat originally from Denham Springs, in the 2010 State of Louisiana elections. Tom Schedler, Dardenne's chief deputy in the secretary of state's office, succeeded him in performing the responsibilities of the secretary of state when Dardenne was sworn in as lieutenant governor.Dardenne polled 719,243 votes (57 percent) to Fayard's 540,633 (43 percent). Dardenne won most of the sixty-four parishes but lost Orleans Parish, Caddo Parish, and St. Landry Parish.

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