Category: Public Service
Krishnamoorthi attended Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He then received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Krishnamoorthi served as a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, as a special assistant attorney general under Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General, and as deputy state treasurer for Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois Treasurer from 2007 through 2009. He was the president of Sivananthan Laboratories and Episolar Inc., which develop and sell technology for military and civilian customers, until resigning all his business positions before entering Congress to eliminate any conflicts of interest.
In 2016, Krishnamoorthi declared his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives. He won the March 2016 primary election with 57% of the vote, while Michael Noland earned 29% and Deb Bullwinkel received 13%. In November 2016, Krishnamoorthi defeated Republican Pete DiCianni in the general election, capturing 58.1% of the vote after a campaign in which he vowed to fight for middle-class families in Congress. Krishnamoorthi was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, stating, “I will continue to focus on the middle class and our commitment to ensure that hard work is rewarded.”