Prominent Indian-American Congressman, Raja Krishnamoorthi, has been named as the chairman of a panel on economic and consumer policy.
This makes him the first ever member of South Asian descent to chair a congressional committee or subcommittee.
Named as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Krishnamoorthi, 45, the jurisdiction will give him power to work over important pocketbook issues such as education, workforce development, income inequality, health care, consumer protection and data privacy.
“As the Chairman, I will use my role on this subcommittee to grow and strengthen the middle class so that all Americans can have the same opportunities my family did,” he said.
Prior to this, Krishnamoorthi, served as the president of small businesses focused on research and development in the renewable energy and national security industries.