46 Facts About Ro Khanna

1. Rohit Ro Khanna is an American politician, lawyer, and academic serving as the US representative from California's 17th congressional district since 2017.

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2. Ro Khanna served as the deputy assistant secretary in the United States Department of Commerce under President Barack Obama from August 8, 2009, to August 2011.

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3. Rohit Ro Khanna was born on September 13, 1976, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, into an Indian Punjabi Hindu family.

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4. Ro Khanna graduated from Council Rock High School North, a public school in Newtown, Bucks County in 1994.

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5. Ro Khanna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honors from the University of Chicago in 1998, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School of Yale University in 2001.

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6. Ro Khanna interned for Jack Quinn when Quinn served as the chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore.

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7. In that role, Ro Khanna led international trade missions and worked to increase United States exports.

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8. Ro Khanna was a visiting lecturer of economics at Stanford University from 2012 to 2016, taught law at the Santa Clara University School of Law, and taught American jurisprudence at San Francisco State University.

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9. Ro Khanna served on the board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte from 2006 until 2013 while on leave from the Obama Administration.

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10. Ro Khanna played a key role in year long negotiations with Manchin to secure the $369 billion climate investment in the Inflation Reduction Act and bring House progressives and environmental groups on board.

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11. Ro Khanna criticized oil executives for increasing their oil production in October 28, 2021; conversely, in March 2022, he called for an increase in production after gas prices increased.

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12. Ro Khanna called climate activist Greta Thunberg to testify in a hearing on eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and worked with executive director of Greenpeace Annie Leonard to lead the campaign to stop new fossil fuel permitting in California.

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13. Kerry and Ro Khanna called for the creation of an infrastructure bank to finance a high-speed rail system to relieve congestion, reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency, and provide alternatives to regional air travel.

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14. In October 2018, Ro Khanna released a set of principles for an Internet Bill of Rights, including the right of US citizens to have full knowledge of and control over their personal online data, the right to be notified and consent when an entity seeks to collect or sell one's personal data, and the guarantee of net neutrality.

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15. Ro Khanna called for additional funds to existing community colleges and land grant universities to create technology institutes, endorsed an $80 billion investment in high-speed fiber internet throughout the country, and called for federal incentives for government hiring of rural-based software development companies.

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16. Ro Khanna led a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Jefferson, Iowa, where they partnered with local community colleges and Pillar Technology to create software designer jobs paying $65,000 a year.

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17. In March 2017, Ro Khanna traveled to Paintsville, Kentucky, known as "Silicon Holler", with a bipartisan delegation from Congress, to lend support to TechHire Eastern Kentucky, a program that trains Kentuckians in fields like computer technology and coding.

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18. In May 2017, Ro Khanna stood up for the Appalachian Regional Commission and Manufacturing Externship Partnership, a Reagan-era policy, when Trump's proposed 2018 budget zeroed out its funding.

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19. Ro Khanna passed his first legislative initiative as the lead Democrat with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to enable veterans to use GI funding for tech training programs.

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20. Ro Khanna called on Silicon Valley executives and technology companies to do more nationwide to create tech jobs and diversify their recruiting efforts by making sure to recruit the next generation of tech workers from not just Ivy League institutions but state schools and historically black colleges and universities.

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21. Ro Khanna is an original co-sponsor of Senator Bernie Sanders's College For All Act, legislation aiming to make public colleges tuition-free.

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22. In 2017, Ro Khanna co-founded the NO PAC Caucus in the House with two other members, Beto O'Rourke and Jared Polis.

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23. Ro Khanna founded and co-chairs the Antitrust Caucus in the House.

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24. In 2018, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna proposed the Stop BEZOS Act, which would tax firms for every dollar that employees earn in government health care benefits or food stamps.

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25. Ro Khanna wrote a letter to the inspector general of the Department of Defense requesting that he look into TransDigm Group, an aviation-parts manufacturer, and supplier of companies like Boeing.

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26. Ro Khanna said he wants to make sure the TransDigm Group is not adding unnecessary costs to the US taxpayer and is not contributing to the $54 billion increase in defense spending proposed by the Trump administration.

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27. In December 2017, Ro Khanna criticized President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying, "The United States and Israel share similar values of peace, democracy, and entrepreneurship.

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28. On January 18, 2018, Ro Khanna organized a group of 33 House members to sign a letter urging Trump to reestablish military-to-military communications with North Korea.

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29. Ro Khanna reintroduced a bill explicitly stating that the President of the United States should not be allowed to launch a nuclear strike without congressional approval, and called upon Trump to send a bipartisan team to negotiate directly with the North Koreans.

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30. In November 2018, after American and Saudi officials announced that the Trump administration had halted its inflight refueling support for the Saudi-led coalition aircraft engaged in Yemen, Ro Khanna called the decision "a major victory" while asserting the need for Congress to pass a resolution ensuring all American involvement was ended.

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31. Supporter of a more non-interventionist foreign policy, Ro Khanna wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times with Senator Rand Paul on June 1, 2017, making the case against military interventions when US security is not at risk.

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32. On December 22, 2018, Ro Khanna laid out the progressive case for withdrawal of military forces from Syria and Afghanistan, noting that Congress never authorized the involvement of US troops in the Syrian civil war.

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33. In 2019, Ro Khanna was one of eight lawmakers to sign a pledge stating their intent "to fight to reclaim Congress's constitutional authority to conduct oversight of US foreign policy and independently debate whether to authorize each new use of military force" and to bring "the Forever War to a responsible and expedient conclusion" after 17 years of US military conflict.

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34. In February 2019, Ro Khanna introduced a resolution to end the Korean War while leaving American troops in Korea that urged the Trump administration to give "a clear roadmap for achieving a permanent peace regime and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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35. Ro Khanna led efforts in the House to make the standard for the use of force only as a last resort.

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36. Ro Khanna said the decision "strips Americans of their basic freedom and endangers the health and safety of millions.

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37. Ro Khanna ran one of the nation's first anti-Iraq war campaigns for the United States House of Representatives in the 2004 elections, unsuccessfully challenging Tom Lantos in the Democratic primary in.

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38. Ro Khanna intended to run for the House in in the 2012 election, hoping to succeed Democrat Pete Stark after Stark's eventual retirement, though stating he would not challenge Stark directly.

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39. Ro Khanna raised $1.2 million, receiving support from Governor Brown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, and businessmen Vinod Khosla and John W Thompson.

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40. Ro Khanna assembled a campaign team composed of top members of President Barack Obama's reelection team, including Jeremy Bird, Obama's 2012 national field director, and Steve Spinner, one of Obama's top three fundraisers.

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41. In June 2015, Ro Khanna announced his intention to run again for the House in California's 17th congressional district.

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42. Ro Khanna took no donations from PACs or corporations for his 2016 campaign.

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43. Ro Khanna raised $480,500 from individuals associated with the securities and investment industry and $170,752 from individuals associated with the electronics manufacturing industry.

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44. On June 7, 2016, Ro Khanna won the primary with 52,059 votes.

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45. Ro Khanna is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

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46. Ro Khanna is an Indian-American, a Punjabi-American and a practicing Hindu-American, describing his faith as "Gandhian Hinduism".

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