Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna, who represents the Silicon Valley within the U.S. House of Representatives, has been named as Democratic Vice Chair of the Congressional India Caucus.
The seat has been created for the primary time since its formation in 1994.
Mr. Khanna, who was just lately elected for a 3rd consecutive time period from the congressional district representing Silicon Valley, is being thought-about as a possible contender to fill the U.S. Senate seat from California that can fall vacant in January after Kamala Harris is sworn in because the nation’s vice president.
“I believe Ro Khanna would be an outstanding Democratic Vice Chair,” Congressman Brad Sherman, Democratic Co-Chair of the Caucus, stated in an e mail to his Congressional colleagues on Wednesday.
Born in Philadelphia in 1976, Mr. Khanna is the youngest of the 4 Indian-American lawmakers in U.S. House of Representatives, the opposite three being Dr. Ami Bera, 55, Raja Krishnamoorthi, 47, and Pramila Jayapal, 55.
Mr. Khanna’s father is a chemical engineer who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the University of Michigan, and his mom is a former substitute college trainer.
Considered to be “dynamic” by his Congressional colleagues, Mr. Khanna is a powerful supporter of India-U.S. relationship. He beforehand served within the Obama Administration, as Deputy Assistant Secretary within the Department of Commerce underneath from August 8, 2009, to August 2011.
First elected to the U.S. Congress in 2016 by defeating incumbent Mike Honda, he has made a mark for himself inside the Democratic Party, but in addition on the nationwide stage on key points starting from overseas coverage, nationwide safety, atmosphere, commerce and manufacturing jobs.
He identifies himself as a progressive capitalist and was a nationwide co-chair of Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential marketing campaign.