Raja Krishnamoorthi, 42, grew up in Illinois and has dedicated his life to serving our community and fighting for our most vulnerable citizens. The son of Indian immigrants to the U.S., he is running for Congress on a progressive platform that includes protecting Social Security and Medicare, passing common-sense gun laws and addressing the threat of climate change. Raja believes that growing economic inequality among Americans is shrinking the middle-class on which our democracy depends, and he is advocating policies to help working families, including equal pay for equal work, paid sick and maternity leave, and raising the federal minimum wage. Raja is also a staunch defender of women’s reproductive freedom.
Starting from humble roots in Peoria, Illinois, Raja attended public schools there. He later won scholarships and took out loans to attend college and law school. After clerking for a federal judge in Chicago, Raja served as issues director for Barack Obama’s successful 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Later, Raja was appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General in her newly formed Public Integrity Unit to root out corruption. Raja has served as a member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, where he chaired the Audit Committee. He also served for two years as Illinois Deputy Treasurer.
Currently a small businessman, Raja serves as president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar, Inc., small businesses in the Chicago suburbs that develop and sell products in the national security and renewable energy industries. He is a co-founder of InSPIRE, a non-profit organization that provides training in solar technology to inner-city students and veterans. Raja formerly was Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, whose mission is to promote innovative technologies that support economic growth and job creation.
Raja and his family place a high priority on the value of education. His father is a professor of engineering at Bradley University in Peoria. Raja earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Princeton University and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. His brother is a doctor who treated veterans at the VA and now provides care to inner-city children and families in Chicago.
Raja is married to Priya, a doctor who practices at local hospitals. They live in Schaumburg with their sons Vijay, 10, and Vikram, 6, who attend public schools in District 54.
U.S. Representative, New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District
“I proudly cosigned an amicus brief in support of campaign contribution limits for the McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Case. I have also cosigned a number of other pieces of reform legislation, including Rep. Derek Kilmer’s Close the Floodgates Act, which would repeal increases to contribution limits made by the ‘cromincus’ spending bill enacted in late 2014. In addition to my legislative work, I have worked to build public support for campaign finance reform, including through roundtables, op-eds (including one with Rep. John Sarbanes), newsletters, and other communications.” – Annie Kuster