NRI Community Leaders took the stage before the 4,765 national delegates of Democratic Party Convention
Democratic Convention turns spotlight on Indian Americans
Philadelphia (US), July 28, 2016: Three leaders from the Indian American community took the stage before the 4,765 national delegates and the national media as the Democratic Party Convention turned the spotlight on the community, recognising its rising role.
By Arul Louis
Raja Krishnamoorthi, who is running for Congress from Illinois, came on stage as a "New Leader of Tomorrow." He told IANS about the moment in the party limelight: "I am thrilled."
If elected, Krishnamoorthi will be the fourth Indian American to serve in the House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Grace Meng, the head of an influential Asian American political action committee, called at the Convention for supporting Krishnamoorthi and said the presence of the Asians in Congress would grow with his election.
Krishnamoorthi, a lawyer and a technology and environmental entrepreneur, joked that he probably had a "mutant gene" that made him turn to politics in a community that focuses on careers in medicine, technology and education.
He said his family was in "dire economic straits" and had a difficult time when he was a baby, but the "generosity" of the United States helped them come out of it.
"Ever since then, I have been wanting to make sure that others have a shot at the American dream" like his family, he said.................READ MORE
NRI Raja Krishnamoorthi
is a Democratic candidate for Illinois Comptroller
NRI Raja Krishnamoorthi, 36, of Hoffman Estates, Chicago, former
state Deputy Treasurer, announced his candidacy for the Democratic
nomination for comptroller on 24 August 2009. Election date is November
2, 2010. In April 2009, he resigned from his position as Deputy
Treasurer of Illinois and opened a campaign exploratory committee.
He said, "We need a government willing to challenge the insiders
and the status quo on behalf of hard-pressed taxpayers," he
said. "In every public job I've held in Illinois, I made government
more responsive and more accountable."
H will be the first NRI (non-resident Indian) elected to statewide
office, used his announcement to propose tougher regulation of cemeteries,
including a greater role for the comptroller's office, as a result
of the Burr Oak Cemetery investigation.
- He was a member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority
and served as a special assistant attorney general to Atty. Gen.
- He also worked on the 2004 U.S. Senate campaign of President
Caption: In 2002, Barack Obama, then Illinois Senator, enjoys Indian
food in the kitchen of Raja Krishnamoorthi's boyhood home in Peoria,
Friend of Barack Obama:
- A long-time friend of Barack Obama, Krishnamoorthi served in
several positions in Obama's campaigns, first in Obama's failed
primary run in the 1st congressional district election in 2000.
- In Obama's successful 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, Krishnamoorthi
was issues director during the primary and a senior advisor during
the general election.
- He also advised Obama in the 2008 presidental election.
On 31 July 2009, Krishnamoorthi visited the White House, met with
Obama, and mentioned to the Peoria Journal Star that he has some
Obama campaign staff on his own campaign
Raja Krishnamoorthi was born in New Delhi, India. He was only 3
months old when his parents, Dr. K.S. and Vijaya Krishnamoorthi,
were immigrated to Buffalo, New York from Tamil Nadu, India. His
father attended graduate school in engineering and got a teaching
position at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
- Raja was raised in Peoria and attended public schools and graduating
as valedictorian from Richwoods High School.
- He went to Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum
laude with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in public
- He graduated in 2000 and did a job as he clerk for Judge Joan
B. Gottschall at the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois
- In 2002, he joined the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis,
where he practiced business litigation and became a partner in
- In 2007, he left Kirkland & Ellis to become Deputy State
He attended Harvard Law School and graduating with honors.
He is married to Priya, a doctor; they have two sons. They live
in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates.
Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias appointed Krishnamoorthi his
Deputy Treasurer for Policy and Programs on 12 September 2007, making
Krishnamoorthi one of the highest-ranking Indian Americans to serve
the State of Illinois.
Raja served on the board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority
(IHDA), becoming chair of its Audit Committee.