Ro Khanna

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Ro Khanna
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 17
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
J.D.Yale University
Campaign website
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Ro Khanna is a former U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary and 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 17th Congressional District of California.[1] Honda narrowly defeated Khanna in a general election in a race that took three days to officially call.[2]


Khanna currently works for the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara Law School. In 2009, Khanna was appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce by President Obama. He served two years in the position. Khanna holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Yale University.[3]


Campaign themes


Khanna's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • The Economy: "Promoting economic competitiveness and opportunity in the 21st century must be America’s top priority. A strong economy produces good paying jobs, grows the middle class, and allows people who worked hard their entire lives to retire with dignity."
  • Education: "I owe my success today to the fact that I was able to attend fantastic schools – both public and private. But I’m still paying off my student debt, and I know firsthand that affordable higher education is essential to giving hardworking students the opportunity at a fulfilling career with economic security."
  • The Environment: "The South Bay is one of the most beautiful regions of the country, with incredible forests, hiking trails, and parks. These natural attributes attract people to live and work in Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, preserving the environment is no longer an abstract debate. The science is indisputable – climate change is happening at an alarming rate, threatening crops and coastlines and causing severe weather patterns that could fundamentally alter our way of life."
  • Women in the Workplace: "I am committed to ensuring that women are treated fairly and have an equal opportunity to build a strong economic future for themselves and their families. Having successful women in every sector of the economy moves America forward – bolstering our position as a social and economic leader in the 21st century."
  • Working Families: "A strong middle class has always been the cornerstone of our nation’s success. Unfortunately, middle class families are struggling today due to stagnating or decreasing incomes coupled with growing costs of housing, education, and health care – problems exacerbated by misguided government policies."


—Ro Khanna's campaign website,



See also: California's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2014

Khanna ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 17th District. Khanna and incumbent Mike Honda (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Vanila Singh (R) and Joel Vanlandingham (R). Honda narrowly defeated Khanna in the general election in a race that took three days to officially call.[6][2]

U.S. House, California District 17 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 51.8% 69,561
     Democratic Ro Khanna 48.2% 64,847
Total Votes 134,408
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 17 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 48.2% 43,607
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRo Khanna 28% 25,384
     Republican Vanila Singh 17% 15,359
     Republican Joel Vanlandingham 6.8% 6,154
Total Votes 90,504
Source: California Secretary of State

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Khanna's reports.

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