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Manan Trivedi

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Manan Trivedi
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 6
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 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/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Years of service2001-2003
BirthdayMay 22, 1974
Campaign website
Manan Trivedi is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.[1]

He previously sought election to seat in 2012.[2] He was defeated by Jim Gerlach.[3]


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.[4]



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."[5]

  • 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."[5]

  • 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.[5]

Campaign media

Trivedi discusses his family's modest background and his service in the Marine Corps in "Making a Difference"

Trivedi contrasts Gerlach's record of supporting economic policies that favor the wealthy against his own middle-class friendly positions in "Oath"



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

Trivedi is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 6th District. Trivedi is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Trivedi received the endorsement of the Chester County Democratic Party. Chester County makes up roughly 42 percent of Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District.[6] Former Democratic candidate Michael Parrish endorsed Trivedi.[7]


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.[8]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[9] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[9]

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 lost in the general election.[10]

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


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.[11]

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