Raja Krishnamoorthi

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Raja Krishnamoorthi
Raja Krishnamoorthi.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 8
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University (1995)
J.D.Harvard University (2000)
Campaign website
Raja Krishnamoorthi campaign logo
Raja Krishnamoorthi is a 2016 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Illinois.[1]

Krishnamoorthi previously sought election to the seat in 2012. Krishnamoorthi was defeated by Tammy Duckworth in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2]


Krishnamoorthi was raised in Peoria, Illinois where he attended public schools and graduated as a valedictorian of his high school class. Krishnamoorthi earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1995 and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2000.[3]


Following law school, Krishnamoorthi clerked for a federal judge in Chicago and rose to become a partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He served as issues director for Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2004 and as an advisor to his successful presidential campaign in 2008.[3]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website Krishnamoorthi has 10 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are:[4]

  • Renew our Economy: Excerpt: "We need to create new jobs, and we need our small businesses, the engines of our economy, to grow and proliferate. By investing in our infrastructure, making our buildings energy-efficient, supporting the growth of small business, and training our workers for the jobs of the 21st century, we can restore greatness to our economy."
  • Protect Social Security and Medicare: Excerpt: "By considering certain reforms such as, for instance, enabling Medicare to negotiate with drug providers and raising the cap on incomes paying into Social Security and Medicare, we can begin to put these systems on a sound footing for decades to come."
  • Protect Women’s Rights: Excerpt: "I am also committed to ensuring equal economic opportunities for women and the elimination of gender-based discrimination."
  • Ensure Access to Quality Healthcare: Excerpt: "I strongly oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act; however, I do support any new reforms that reduce the cost of care, expand coverage, and improve patient protection...by making sure that doctors and patients, not insurers, make weighty health care decisions, we can really put doctors and patients first in our healthcare system. Measures such as allowing Medicare to negotiate fair prescription drug prices for seniors will also help reduce the cost of care."
  • Provide Quality Education: Excerpt: "We can foster excellence and innovation in our nation's schools by recruiting talented teachers and upgrading the physical infrastructure of the education system for the 21st century. We need to train an army of new teachers, not just avoid layoffs. Scholarship programs and student loan forgiveness programs should continue to be used to create incentives for accomplished graduates to enter teaching."
  • Bring Sanity to the Federal Budget: Excerpt: "We must act to stabilize the finances of our major entitlement programs for future generations and overhaul our tax code to make it as fair, efficient, and easy to understand as possible. We must also wind down the war in Afghanistan, which is estimated to cost $118 billion this year, and invest the savings to renew our own economy. A responsible approach to ending the long-term deficit will lay strong foundations for economic growth without depriving those most in need of assistance right now."
  • End our Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Excerpt: "Increased domestic production of fossil fuels is a temporary solution, so we must embark on a sustained search for long-term cost-effective, alternative, renewable energy sources. We will also need to continue to invest in greater ways to conserve energy as well."
  • Rebuild America’s Infrastructure: Excerpt: "I support the proposal for a national infrastructure bank put forward by President Obama to secure funding for vital infrastructure projects. Upgrading our infrastructure will help to end the ongoing unemployment crisis and provide a foundation for economic greatness in the 21st century."
  • Deriving Strength Through Immigration: Excerpt: "We must ensure that all of our citizens are both safe and free. This means ending discrimination on the basis of, among other things, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, and sexual orientation. I believe in marriage equality and will support the repeal of DOMA as well as the enactment of ENDA."
  • America’s Place in the World: Excerpt: "I oppose an adventurist foreign policy such as the one that got us into Iraq, and we must avoid mission creep such as the long-running war in Afghanistan, which started as a counter-terrorism mission that gradually morphed into an impossible nation-building exercise. America must maintain a strong national defense; however, I will not support excessive defense spending in a time of fiscal belt tightening. Therefore, I support the President’s and Pentagon’s plans for a reduction in defense spending over the next ten years."



See also: Illinois' 8th Congressional District election, 2016

Krishnamoorthi is running in the 2016 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois 8th District. The general election will take place November 8, 2016.


See also: Illinois' 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Krishnamoorthi ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 8th District. Krishnamoorthi sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[5] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Joe Walsh is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket.

Tammy Duckworth secured the backing of most of Illinois' influential political figures in the Democratic primary against Krishnamoorthi.[6] The two were vying to take on Joe Walsh in a "Democratic-leaning, suburban Chicago district,"[6] and whoever wins is the likely favorite in the general election.[6]

Duckworth has endorsements from Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Obama advisor David Axelrod.[6] Krishnamoorthi was supported by Danny K. Davis and Cook County Board Chair Toni Preckwinkle.[6]

Krishnamoorthi was defeated by candidate Tammy Duckworth in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2] Incumbent Joe Walsh ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and will face Duckworth in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois' 8th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Duckworth 66.2% 17,097
Raja Krishnamoorthi 33.8% 8,736
Total Votes 25,833


Krishnamoorthi and his wife, Priya, have two sons: Vijay, 6, and Vikram, 2.[7]

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