Raja Krishnamoorthi

Ben Cardin

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI
D-ILLINOIS 8TH DISTRICT
 
 
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.
 
 
BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER
PARTY: Democrat
 
BORN: 7/16/1973
 
EDUCATION: Princeton University (BS), Harvard University (JD)
 
OCCUPATION: Lawyer and Businessman
 
FAMILY: Married, 3 Children
 
RELIGION: Hindu
 
CAREER:
  • Candidate, Illinois State Comptroller (2010)
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, (IL-08) (2017-present)
 
COMMITTEES:
  • Oversight and Reform
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
 
ELECTED: 2016
 
ISRAEL

  • 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
 
CHOICE

  • 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
 
 
Interesting Facts

Raja is the child of immigrants.

Raja was the valedictorian of his high school graduating class.

With student loans and scholarships, he was able to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton University.