Manan Trivedi

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Manan Trivedi
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFleetwood High School
Bachelor'sBoston University
Master'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
M.D.Boston University School of Medicine
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service2001-2003
Date of birthMay 22, 1974
Campaign website
Manan Trivedi was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[2] Manan Trivedi lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

He previously sought election to the seat in 2012 and 2010.[3] He was defeated by Jim Gerlach.[4]


Trivedi was raised in Pennsylvania by Indian immigrant parents. After graduating from medical school, he joined the United States Marine Corps. From 2001 to 2003, Trivedi served as a battalion surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry Battalion, and he 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.[5]



Campaign themes

Trivedi outlined his top priorities for the 6th District on his 2012 official campaign website. They included, but were 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."[6]

  • 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."[6]

  • Education:

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.[6]



See also: Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Trivedi ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 6th District. Trivedi ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[2] Manan Trivedi lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Costello 56.3% 119,643
     Democratic Manan Trivedi 43.7% 92,901
Total Votes 212,544
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State

Race background

DCCC's "Red-to-Blue" program

Trivedi was added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red-to-Blue program. DCCC chair Steve Israel said, “Manan Trivedi has a proven record of serving his community and his country, both as a physician and Iraq War veteran, and he has shown he knows how to put together a strong and disciplined campaign. Voters in this district want to elect a moderate problem-solver like Manan Trivedi, and do not want a Tea Party Republican whose views are outside the mainstream and who will continue Washington Republicans’ obsession with boosting special interests and the ultra-wealthy at the expense of the middle class.”[7]

According to the DCCC’s website, the "Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns."[8]



General Election
Poll Ryan Costello Manan TrivediUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
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July 15-17
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See also: Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Trivedi ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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.[11]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Manan Trivedi 42.9% 143,803
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gerlach Incumbent 57.1% 191,725
Total Votes 335,528
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


In 2010, Trivedi challenged Gerlach for the 6th Congressional District seat, but he lost in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Gerlach Incumbent 57.1% 133,770
     Democratic Manan Trivedi 42.9% 100,493
Total Votes 234,263

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Trivedi's reports.[13]

Manan Trivedi (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 7, 2014$0.00$132,416.50$(20,584.98)$111,831.52
Running totals


Trivedi was defeated by Jim Gerlach in 2012. During that election cycle, Trivedi's campaign committee raised a total of $1,308,407 and spent $1,322,811.[15]

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