Jay Dardenne was reelected to a four-year term as Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor in October 2011. He previously served one year in that position, filling an unexpired term. He also served four years as Secretary of State and fifteen years as a State Senator.
During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee. In 2003, he was named National Republican Legislator of the Year.
He is an active community volunteer, having hosted the Jerry Lewis Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for more than thirty years.
Lieutenant Governor Dardenne conducts a presentation entitled "Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi," a lively and colorful look at Louisiana's culture, history, music and politics.
He is an attorney and a graduate of Baton Rouge High School, Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center.
He is married to the former Cathy McDonald. They have two grown sons, John and Matthew.