Raja Krishnamoorthi

Ben Cardin



RACE SUMMARY: Raja Krishnamoorthi was elected to represent the 8th District of Illinois, which includes the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago in 2016, and is running for re-election in 2020.

VOTING RECORD: Project VoteSmart



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 7/16/1973

EDUCATION: Princeton University (BS), Harvard University (JD)

OCCUPATION: Lawyer and Businessman

FAMILY: Married, 3 children



  • Worked on various campaigns including then-State Senator Barack Obama’s US Senate election in 2004
  • Worked for both Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias
  • Ran for Illinois Comptroller in 2010, lost primary
  • Ran for Congress in 2012, lost primary
  • United States House Of Representatives (IL-08), (2017-present)



  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Believes that the U.S.-Israel relationship is a vital resourse for American national security
  • Will work to strengthen the bond between the U.S. and Israel

  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Stands with Planned Parenthood


In His Own Words

"Planned Parenthood remains a leading provider of quality, affordable health care for millions of women across our nation, including in underserved communities. I will fight to preserve public funding for Planned Parenthood and with it, access to vital preventative health and family planning services. As a proud member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, I am dedicated to defending the constitutional right to choose and for women to be able to do so without facing an undue burden." 1 

"We must reject the politics of meanness and contempt that increasingly dominate our airwaves and Internet. This will require us to recommit ourselves to a mission of service ― with integrity, compassion, kindness and trust as our guides. Such a politics of decency may seem beyond our reach today, but it’s never too late to start." 2

SOURCES: 1) Krishnamoorthi.house.gov  2) Huffington Post

Interesting Facts

Raja is the child of immigrants.

Raja serves on the Oversight Committee, for which he is also the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, as well as on the House Intelligence Committee.