Raja Krishnamoorthi, U.S. Congressman (IL-08)

South Asian Trailblazers

15-12-2020 • 25 mins

Subramanian Raja Krishnamoorthi is an American businessman and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district since 2017.  The Congressman is a member of the Democratic Party and serves on the House Oversight Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is also Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. Krishnamoorthi attended Princeton for his engineering degree and went on to Harvard Law School, after which he served on two of Former President Obama’s congressional campaigns.

South Asians have shaped the Congressman’s career — from his campaigns to his policy agenda — a reality discussed we discuss in this episode. Congressman Krishnamoorthi details his path to policymaking, from serving on Former President Obama’s congressional campaigns to catering to a constituency that can’t always pronounce his name, endearingly calling him “Raja.” In a whirlwind of an election year, where policymakers must consider how to forge unity in the face of polarization and pandemic, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.


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