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US election 2020: Who is Indian-American Republican candidate Rik Mehta

NEW DELHI: Indian-American Republican candidate Rik Mehta lost his New Jersey Senate election bid to Democratic incumbent Senator Cory Booker.
Mehta garnered 37.9 per cent of the votes at 1,071,726, while Booker got 60.6 per cent with 1,714,375 votes in the November 3 election.
In July, Mehta had become the first Indian-American to win the Republican primary for the Senate seat from the US state of New Jersey.
Who is Rik Mehta?
Son of an Indian immigrant, Mehta is a biotech entrepreneur, innovator, healthcare policy expert and a licensed pharmacist and attorney.
Mehta served as a consumer safety officer at the US Food and Drug Administration under President Barack Obama from 2008 to 2012.
Mehta left the FDA to serve as the deputy director of the Washington, DC Department of Health and later founded a technology firm, Licentiam, Inc. and a biotherapeutics company called Lactiga Therapeutics.
Mehta received his BS in pharmacy from Rutgers University, his Pharm.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Global Health Law and International Institutions through a joint program with Georgetown University Law Center and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
“As a small business owner and a first generation American, he’s a staunch advocate for defending our Constitutional rights, fighting against illegal immigration and Sanctuary Cities, an affordable, accessible healthcare system that’s built for generations to come, and building New Jersey’s economy for the future,” his profile said.
Mehta had recently launched his “Made in America” medicines campaign that will require companies to disclose the country of origin of their prescription drugs, according to reports.
Rik is married to Reema and they have three sons.
(With agency inputs)

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