John Neely Kennedy is an American attorney and politician who is the junior United States Senator from Louisiana, serving since 2017. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Treasurer of Louisiana from 2000 to 2017.
Born in Centreville, Mississippi, Kennedy graduated from Vanderbilt University and University of Virginia School of Law before attending Magdalen College in Oxford, England. Kennedy was on the staff of Governor Buddy Roemer before unsuccessfully running for Attorney General of Louisiana in 1991. In 1999, he was elected Louisiana Treasurer. He was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2008. In 2007 while serving as treasurer, Kennedy switched parties from Democrat to Republican.
In 2016, Kennedy was once again a candidate for U.S. Senate. He came in first place in the November jungle primary and subsequently went on to defeat Democrat Foster Campbell in a December runoff before being sworn in on January 3, 2017.