Here are some clues:

A convert to Christianity during the early 1990s, this governor is no academic slouch, having been accepted at both Yale Law School and Harvard Medical School.

At the age of 24, he was appointed his state's Secretary of Health and Hospitals.

He ran for governor, and then for Congress, and then for Governor again.

He is now 37 years old.

Give up? It's Bobby Jindal – Governor of Louisiana.

Having a personal religious viewpoint is not a disqualification from public office, and in fact many American politicians have deeply held religious belief.  Governor Jindal was raised a Hindu, and his parents are still Hindu and he converted to Catholicism when he was in college.

Here is part of the story of the exorcism, which is a paraphrase of a story that Jindal himself wrote for the New Oxford Review in December 1994.

The CenLamar blog has posted a summary of the story:

When Bobby Jindal was attending Brown University, he had a friend named "Susan." Susan and Bobby were very close friends. Some people even thought the two were an item, but they never were. One day, Susan and Bobby attended a Christian concert, and in the middle of the show, Susan got up and left. Bobby knew something was wrong. He followed her outside, and she was sobbing. Bobby tried to console her. A female friend showed up and gave Susan a hug. Bobby knew the problem would not go away with a hug, and he offered to walk her back to her dorm room. Once they were in the room, Susan confessed why she was upset. She said she had cancer. Skin cancer. Bobby promised to stand by her forever. He sat next to her in bed and distracted her with "fairy tales." Susan calmed down.

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Susan's sister and a woman named "Louise," who Bobby says was "a member of a charismatic church," pinned Susan down and prayed loudly and desperately. They yelled things like, "Satan, I command you to leave this woman" and commanded "(all) demons to leave in the name of Christ." Susan continued shouting. Bobby tried to remain calm, though at one point, he thought he could be having a stroke. Bobby considered calling the campus priest, but he also thought that Catholicism could actually be bogus. He was having questions about his faith. Instead, the students in the UCF meeting continued to pray for Susan. Bobby tried praying, but he became exhausted.

Susan attempted to escape, and during the scuffle, "Alice," the student leader for Campus Crusade for Christ, "entered the room for the first time, brandishing a crucifix." They had tried calling a "rival" Christian group to help, but the preacher "denied" their request for help and told them to not to "confront the demon." Alice made Susan even angrier. Susan tried lunging toward the door. Bobby began repeating the Hail Mary over and over again. He said, "Being new to Catholicism, I had yet to accept the Catholic doctrines concerning Mary and considered any form of Marian devotion to be idolatry." But he could not think of anything else at the time, so he prayed to Mary.

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