Thursday, August 11, 2022

Indian-origin US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi wins Democratic primary from Illinois

New Delhi-born Krishnamoorthi defeats Junaid Ahmed by polling over 71% of the votes

Washington: Indian-origin US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has won the Democratic primary from Illinois with a decisive mandate, successfully overcoming a highly communal campaign run by his opponent Junaid Ahmed, a report in The Tribune, says.

Krishnamoorthi, 48, who is popular in the eighth Congressional District of Illinois, defeated Ahmed by polling over 71 per cent of the votes.

He also served as an issues director for Obama’s 2004 campaign for the United States Senate and aided in the development of Obama’s 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address.

“I am honoured that the Democratic primary voters in Illinois’ eighth Congressional District voted in an overwhelming and decisive fashion in support of my re-election campaign for Congress,” Krishnamoorthi said.

“My constituents want peace, progress and prosperity. In Congress, I am for the middle class, for women’s reproductive rights, and against inflation and increasing gas prices. I will continue to work tirelessly to address these issues in the important months ahead,” he said.

He has been serving as the US representative for Illinois’ 8th congressional district since 2017. Krishnamoorthi’s parents are from Tamil Nadu.

The three-term Congressman, who was born in New Delhi, will face Republican Chris Dargis in the November 8 general election.

He has been serving as the US representative for Illinois’ 8th congressional district since 2017. Krishnamoorthi’s parents are from Tamil Nadu.

“We now turn our attention to November, where our fundamental freedom and human rights are on the ballot,” Krishnamoorthi added.

Last month, he was honoured with the Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding career and dedication to public service.

Born in 1973 in Delhi to a Tamil-speaking family, Mr Krishnamoorthi moved to Buffalo, New York when he was only three months old. He attended Princeton University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering summa cum laude. After that, he received a Juris Doctor with honours from Harvard Law School.

After law school, he worked as a clerk for Joan B. Gotschall and worked on Barack Obama’s 2000 election campaign for the United States House of Representatives.

A father of three, Mr Krishnamoorthi resides in Schaumburg, Illinois, with his wife, Priya, who is a doctor.

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