US election 2020: Democrat Ro Khanna wins reelection to US House in California’s 17th Congressional district

NEW DELHI: Indian-American Democratic lawmaker Ro Khanna won the re-election to the US House in California‘s 17th Congressional district.
Ro Khanna, 44, easily defeated fellow Indian-American Ritesh Tandon, 48, of the Republican Party with a margin of more than 50 percentage points.
This was his third-consecutive win from the 17th Congressional district of California.
Khanna had raised a whopping USD 3.6 million for his election campaign as against a paltry USD 152,000 by Tandon.
Who is Ro Khanna?
Khanna is an American politician, lawyer, and academic serving as the US Representative from California’s 17th congressional district since 2017.
Born in Philapelphia, Pennsylvania, Khanna is the son of an IIT engineer and a school teacher.
Khanna is an economics and law graduate. He taught economics at Stanford University, law at Santa Clara University, and American Jurisprudence at San Francisco State University.
The Indian-American calls himself a “progressive capitalist”. He is one of the six elected officials to refuse contributions from PACs and lobbyists.
First elected in 2016, Khanna won the mid-term elections in 2018.
He sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees and is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Ro Khanna also served in former President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Commerce.
In 2012, he published a book on American competitiveness in business, ‘Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future’.

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