Suhas Subramanyam announces congress bid

In Congress, he aims to address extremism in politics, protect reproduction rights, and strengthen gun regulation.

Bhavana P

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Suhas Subramanyam, an Indian American attorney and Virginia's state senator elect has announced his intention to run for the United States Congress from the state’s 10th Congressional District. He is running to replace Rep. Jennifer Wexton, who is retiring at the end of her current term.

The 37-year-old Indian American, who has served as the House of Delegates' representative for eastern Loudoun for the previous four years, was successful in his effort to represent District 3 in the State Senate earlier this month. However, after receiving encouraging responses from people in the Democratic-leaning and diverse area, the young politician decided to run for the U.S. Congress seat that overlaps with his state Senate position.

Announcing his bid, Subramanyam said “I’m running for Congress. Whether it’s defending reproductive rights, fighting back against predatory utility rates and toll hikes, or standing up to Big Pharma and the gun lobby as a state legislator, I’ve never backed down from a tough fight.” 

A former technology policy adviser to President Barack Obama, Subramanyam made history in 2019 when he won his bid for the House in the Nov. 5 election, becoming the first Indian-American, South Asian, and Hindu to ever be elected to the Virginia General Assembly.

Born to Indian parents with roots in Bengaluru, Subrahmanyam was raised in Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and his law degree from Northwestern University in Illinois. 

He is married to Miranda Pea Subramanyam, who works in international commerce and volunteers at the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter in her spare time. They live in Ashburn, Virginia, with their two daughters.