Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat, has been representing Illinois’ 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2017.
Born on July 19, 1973, in New Delhi, India, Krishnamoorthi completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He later attended Harvard Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor degree.
Raja Krishnamoorthi began his professional career as an intern for then-Senator Joe Biden. He also served as a staff attorney for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security.
In 2004, Krishnamoorthi made his first foray into electoral politics by running for Illinois State Comptroller, though he was not successful in this bid. He served as Illinois Deputy Treasurer from 2007 to 2009.
In 2010, Krishnamoorthi made a second run for public office, this time seeking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’ 8th congressional district. He was unsuccessful in this campaign. Krishnamoorthi’s persistence paid off when he ran for the same seat in the 2016 election and emerged victorious against Republican Peter DiCianni.
During his time in Congress, Krishnamoorthi has focused on issues related to job creation, access to healthcare, and education. He has served on several committees, including the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Education and Labor.
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