Indian American Michigan State Rep. Shri Thanedar to run for Congress

Michigan’s Indian American state Rep. Shri Thanedar on Dec. 21 filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for Congress in the 13th District. 

According to media reports the Democrat legislator will be running for the seat currently held by US Rep. Rashida Tlaib. 

The 13th District covers the majority of Detroit, including Thanedar’s current district, the 3rd Legislative District. 

“My focus is on bringing federal dollars to Detroit to address infrastructure problems, economic inequalities, and to improve quality of life for the residents,” Thanedar told the Metro Times. 

In the 2018 gubernatorial primary, Thanedar won the city of Detroit with more than 35,000 votes. In 2020, Thanedar defeated seven candidates to win the Democratic primary for state representative for Detroit’s 3rd district, a news release noted. 

Thanedar, who lives in Detroit, grew up in India before immigrating to the United States in 1979 to pursue a doctorate degree in chemistry. He is a serial entrepreneur and ran many small businesses from 1990 to 2016. He is a three-time recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst and Young. 

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