Raja Krishnamoorthi with his family
Raja Krishnamoorthi with his family

He is being described as the rising star of the Democratic Party. India-born Raja Krishnamoorthi, 42, a Democratic Congressional candidate from Illinois, is making news ever since he got endorsement from none other than US President Barack Obama.

At the Democratic National Convention, Krishnamoorthi, was introduced as one of the party's emerging leaders.

If elected, Krishnamoorthi would be the second member of Congress who was born in India; Dalip Saund Singh – a Democrat from Los Angeles, California, who served from 1957 to 1963 – was the first.

Krishnamoorthi was one of only two Congressional candidates to have been invited on to the DNC stage as the party's rising star or emerging leader.

Having won the Democratic Party's Congressional primary in Illinois on March 16, Krishnamoorthi faces Republican Peter DiCianni in the fall general election.

He has raised a whopping $1.6 million more than his opponent and is considered to be a heavy favorite.

If elected, he would join Indian American Rep Ami Bera of Sacramento, California, in the House of Representatives in the next Congress beginning January 2017.

Bera is seeking his third-term in the November general elections.

Krishnamoorthi has earned the distinction of being one of three House candidates to receive the endorsement of the US President.

"I know he'll fight hard in Congress to create more good jobs, empower more Americans to start businesses, and help working families afford to put their children through college," Obama said in his endorsement last month.

He has also got endorsement from other top Democratic leaders including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Krishnamoorthi previously was the policy director and a senior advisor for Barack Obama's 2004 US Senate campaign, and also served as an advisor to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

He served as deputy treasurer of Illinois from 2007-2009 under Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, and in 2010 ran for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Comptroller, losing to David E. Miller by less than one percent of the vote.

Krishnamurthy currently serves as president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar Inc, small businesses that develop and sell products in the national security and renewable energy industries.

He is a co-founder of InSPIRE, a non-profit organisation that provides training to Illinois students and veterans in solar technology, and was formerly vice-chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, whose mission is to promote innovative technologies that support economic growth and job creation in Illinois.

Krishnamurthy earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Princeton University and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

He is married to Priya, a doctor who practices at local hospitals. They live in Schaumburg with their children Vijay and Vikram and Sonia, who was born this May.

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