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|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||August 12, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Bay View High School|
|Master's||Savannah College of Art and Design|
After graduating from Bay View High School, Kaleka earned his B.A. from Marquette University. He majored in philosophy, psychology and Spanish literature and minored in criminology. While attending Marquette, he served in school's United States Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. He went on to earn his M.F.A. in film and television studies from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Professionally, Kaleka pursued a career as a filmmaker. Following his father's murder, Kaleka also became a national spokesperson on issues relating to hate crimes and mass shootings.
Kaleka listed the following campaign themes on his website:
- Civil rights
- Progressive economy
- Environment responsibility
"It's something I had used in the past to get over a lot of the anxiety, the sleepless nights, the hunger. I would be hungry, but I couldn't eat...The major things were depression, suicidal thoughts, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, going four or five days without sleep, and that really messes with you," Kaleka said.
Kaleka is a filmmaker and divides his time between Los Angeles and Wisconsin. He claims Wisconsin is his home and points out he has paid taxes in both Wisconsin and California. He also contends his split residency does not hinder his campaign saying, "I don’t know if (where you live) corresponds to whether you’re going to do a good job in Congress. I would rather elect somebody who has a lot of national leadership experience and international experience."
Sirius is Kaleka's latest documentary. The film discusses ."..the belief that oil interests and their allies in government have suppressed the existence of alternative energy sources." Kaleka said, "I don’t think that any knowledgeable human would say that extra-terrestrials don’t exist."
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kaleka's reports.
|Amar Kaleka (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year End||January 31, 2014||$0||$72,279||$(14,892)||$57,387|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$57,387.16||$37,438.00||$(73,892.12)||$20,933.04|
Kaleka is the son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the Sikh temple president that was shot and killed along with five others in Milwaukee. The shooting occurred in 2012 at the Sikh temple.
Kaleka also won an Emmy in 2010 for directing the documentary, Jacob's Turn.
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- Wisconsin State Journal, "Son of slain Sikh temple president to challenge Paul Ryan," accessed October 16, 2013
- Vote Kaleka: "About Amar," accessed March 31, 2014
- Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on March 31, 2014
- Vote Kaleka: "The Issues," accessed January 29, 2014
- WISN, "Congressional candidate admits to using medical marijuana," accessed March 24, 2014
- The Cap Times, "Amardeep Kaleka wages an unconventional campaign for Congress," accessed November 5, 2013
- [ Federal Election Commission, "Kaleka 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 7, 2014]
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 5, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 7, 2014