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|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 6|
|High school||Fleetwood High School|
|Master's||University of California, Los Angeles|
|M.D.||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Service/branch||U.S. Marine Corps|
|Years of service||2001-2003|
|Birthday||May 22, 1974|
|Profession||Physician and Iraq War vet|
Trivedi was raised in Pennsylvania by Indian immigrant parents. After graduating from medical school, he joined the U.S. armed forces. From 2001 to 2003, Trivedi served as a battalion surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry Battalion, and was among some of the first ground forces to enter Iraq. Trivedi earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was given the Presidential Unit Citation. After serving in Iraq, Trivedi served as health policy advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. He is currently a primary care physician at Reading Hospital and Medical Center.
Trivedi outlines his top priorities for the 6th District on his 2012 official campaign website. They include, but are not limited to the following:
- Jobs and the Economy:
Trivedi wants to reduce our country's dependence on foreign energy, "put national security back into the hands of America, deliver new jobs to the American economy, stop the progression of global climate change, and maintain America’s place as a leader in the world." He also wants to support measures to enable a more educated and qualified future workforce, such as financial assistance programs for underprivileged students to attend college or vocational schools. "Whether it’s in information technology, manufacturing, or green technology, we cannot foster this recovery and transformation without a workforce that is well-educated and trained to fill these new jobs. We also need to provide incentives and rewards for businesses that are committed to creating good-paying, quality jobs."
- Military and our Veterans:
Excerpt: "We must plan for a more reasonable deployment cycle, increase educational and healthcare benefits for the active duty and veteran community, and raise compensation for the junior enlisted, if not all our soldiers and sailors."
To improve the nation's education system, Trivedi proposes steps such as investing in better pre-school opportunities for needy children, "revamping No Child Left Behind," recruiting and retaining higher quality educators, and dedicating more time and resources to training technical workers.
Trivedi ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 6th District. Trivedi was unopposed in the April 24 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) in the November 6 general election.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jim Gerlach Incumbent||57.1%||191,725|
|Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
In 2010, Trivedi challenged Gerlach for the 6th congressional district seat, but lost in the general election.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District Election, 2010|
|Republican||Jim Gerlach Incumbent||57.1%||133,770|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, 2012 - Manan Trivedi Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$2,234,892|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$2,108,953|
|Top contributors to Manan Trivedi's campaign committee|
|University of Pennsylvania||$19,694|
|University of California||$10,750|
|NARAL Pro-Choice America||$10,300|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
- ↑ Philly.com Reading physician, an Iraq vet, to challenge Gerlach December 21, 2011
- ↑ Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- ↑ Campaign website official bio December 21, 2011
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed October 4, 2012
- ↑ Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Manan Trivedi 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 26, 2013
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