House economic policy subcommittee names Indian American as chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representative’s Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy named Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, as its chair on Jan. 24. He is the first elected official with roots from the South Asian subcontinent to be appointed as chair of a House committee or subcommittee.

            Krishnamoorthi, 45, will have jurisdiction over policies on consumer protection, data privacy, education, health care, income inequality and workforce development.

            “I am honored and privileged to serve as a chair of this subcommittee in Congress,” Krishnamoorthi stated after the announcement of his appointment. “As a child, I had the opportunity to see my parents work hard to achieve the American Dream of a middle-class life. As Chairman, I will use my role on this subcommittee to grow and strengthen the middle class so that all Americans can have the same opportunities my family did.”

            Krishnamoorthi represents suburban Chicago in Washington, D.C. and was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 2016. Some of the issues he touted during to win his House seat included expanded and affordable access to paid sick and parental leave, and equal pay for equal work.

            The representative was raised in Peoria, Illinois and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University (mechanical engineering); he also earned a certificate from the Ivy League’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. Krishnamoorthi also graduated from Harvard Law School.

            He is a member of several caucuses, including Middle Class Jobs Caucus (co-founder), LGBT Equality Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Autism Caucus and Small Brewers Caucus.

            Bills supported by Krishnamoorthi included:

-       Limiting the separation of families at or near ports of entry

-       Protecting victims of stalking from gun violence

-       Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019

-       Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019, and

-       Emmett Till Antilynching Act.