38 Facts About Ro Khanna

1. Ro Khanna enjoys cheering for the Golden State Warriors, watching movies, and traveling.

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2. Ro Khanna was born in Philadelphia, PA, during America's bicentennial, to a middle-class family.

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3. Ro Khanna is one of just six elected officials to refuse contributions from PACs and lobbyists.

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4. Ro Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world.

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5. Ro Khanna sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees and is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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6. Ro Khanna is leading the effort in the House to end US involvement in the Yemen Civil war, cautions against a new nuclear arms race with Russia, and supports bringing technologies from Silicon Valley to the Defense Department, the release added.

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7. Ro Khanna worked with the Oversight and Reform Committee to pass the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act, a bipartisan bill that will digitize and modernize government websites and forms.

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8. On May 10, 2017, Ro Khanna officially joined the Justice Democrats.

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

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

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

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12. 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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13. Ro Khanna was one of the few Representatives to endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.

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14. 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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15. Ro Khanna called for two other steps that should be taken to alleviate tension with the DPRK.

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16. On January 18, 2018, Ro Khanna organized a group of 33 members of the US House of Representatives to sign a letter urging Trump to re-establish military to military communications with North Korea.

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17. In 2018, Ro Khanna signed onto Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" proposal, which seeks to form a climate change plan with a goal of a 100 percent renewable-energy economy.

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18. Ro Khanna worked with Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace, to lead the campaign to stop new fossil fuel permitting in California.

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19. 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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20. 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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21. In 2018, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna proposed the BEZOS Act, which would tax firms for every dollar that employees earn in government health-care benefits or food stamps.

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22. Ro Khanna founded and co-chairs the Antitrust Caucus in the United States House of Representatives.

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23. Ro Khanna has worked across the aisle with Representative Mike Gallagher on reform proposals.

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24. Ro Khanna has worked with constitutional scholar Bruce Ackerman and Senator Russ Feingold to propose a plan for "Democracy Dollars".

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25. Ro Khanna has co-sponsored the Reward Work Act of 2018, to reform US labor law and corporate law by guaranteeing the right of employees in listed companies to elect one third of the board of directors.

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26. Ro Khanna now supports a bill to provide "Medicare for All" in the House.

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27. Ro Khanna is an original co-sponsor of Senator Bernie Sanders's bill to make college affordable to all.

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28. 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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29. 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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30. In March 2017, Ro Khanna traveled to Paintsville, Kentucky, known as "Silicon Holler", along 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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31. 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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32. Ro Khanna hopes these principles will spark legislation to protect online privacy.

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33. 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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34. 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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35. Ro Khanna wrote a book on American competitiveness in business, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future, which was published in 2012.

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36. Ro Khanna attended Yale Law School, receiving his law degree in 2001.

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37. Ro Khanna accepts donations only from individuals and is one of only six members of the US House of Representatives, and ten total members of Congress, who do not take campaign contributions from political action committees or corporations.

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38. 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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