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Ro Khanna- teacher, lawyer, politician, and the member-elect

 

Silicon Valley NRI elected for California's 17th congressional district

Ro Khanna topples veteran Congressman to enter House of Representatives

  New York, Nov 9 (IANS) Ro Khanna defeated the eight-term veteran Mike Honda on Tuesday in his second try to enter the House of Representatives after a bitter contest.

Khanna, who served as former Vice President Al Gore's chief of staff, will represent the heart of Silicon Valley in a constituency where many tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and Oracle are located. It is also the only one in mainland America with an Asian American majority.

Former President Jimmy Carter endorsed Khanna, while Honda failed to get President Barack Obama's backing this time.

During the heated campaign, Honda filed a federal suit against Khanna's campaign manager, Brian Parvizshahi, alleging that he illegally accessed Honda's list of donors and other records. Parvizshahi resigned from the Khanna campaign.

Honda was under an investigation by the House Ethics Committee on allegations that he used Congressional staff for campaign work.

Forty-year-old Khanna has a law degree from Yale University and specialised in intellectual property law.

He has been a Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary and a member of the White House Business Council. He teaches economics at Stanford University and law at Santa Clara University.

Khanna is married to Ritu Ahuja.

 

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BIO

He is s an NRI American teacher, lawyer, politician, and the member-elect for California's 17th congressional district. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce under President Barack Obama. Khanna is a member of the Democratic Party and was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives in California's 17th congressional district in 2014.

  • In 2015, Khanna announced that he would again run for United States House of Representatives in California's 17th congressional district.
  • In the June 7, 2016 primary, Khanna earned more votes than incumbent Mike Honda. Because of California's Top Two Primaries system, the two faced each other again in the November general election. Khanna defeated Honda in the general election held on November 8, 2016

Ro's parents immigrated to the United States—coming from India to seek opportunity and a better life for their children. Ro was born in Philadelphia in 1976, and learned the value of education and hard work from his parents. Ro’s father studied engineering at the University of Michigan; his mother was a substitute teacher. Ro benefited from a quality public school education and took out student loans to attend great universities, which he is still paying off today. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago, and received a law degree from Yale University. Ro is currently a Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Smart Utility Systems, an energy efficiency company with an office in Santa Clara. The company produces software for water conservation and for reducing electricity consumption.

 

   

 

NRI American teacher, lawyer, politician, and the member-elect for California's 17th congressional district.

  • Ro's parents immigrated to the United States—coming from India to seek opportunity and a better life for their children. Ro was born in Philadelphia in 1976, and learned the value of education and hard work from his parents. Ro’s father studied engineering at the University of Michigan; his mother was a substitute teacher