Sri is a lifelong public servant and national security expert who has spent his career overseas working to protect Americans here at home. From Jerusalem to Iraq to Russia, Sri served in some of the toughest places in the world, representing the interests of the United States and reducing conflict around the globe. In Congress, Sri will use his experience to seek common ground, find solutions, and address the needs of every Texan.
Sri was raised in a middle-class family by an immigrant father and a mother whose roots date back to Sam Houston. Growing up in Houston, Sri personally experienced the same challenges that our communities are facing today: his family started in a 2 Bedroom apartment with 9 people, he had to bus across town to attend a better public school, he personally experienced gun violence, crime, and a broken criminal justice system.
For Sri, the most personal issue is the importance of affordable, quality healthcare. When Sri was 18, his father was diagnosed with leukemia, and Sri dropped out of the University of Texas to come home to care for him. After Sri’s father passed away, medical bills left their family on the verge of bankruptcy, and Sri helped raise his three younger siblings. Working several jobs, he graduated with honors from UT.
Sri later received a Pearson Fellowship to serve as a defense, foreign policy, and veterans’ affairs advisor in the U.S. Senate, working on some of the most critical threats facing our national security. Sri went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard, where he started an initiative called “Breaking Bread,” aimed at reducing the partisan hostility and divisiveness afflicting our country.
Inspired by a calling to serve his country, Sri was commissioned as a United States Foreign Service Officer by Secretary of State Colin Powell. In the Foreign Service, Sri served tours overseas in Iraq, Israel, Russia, Taiwan, and Jamaica, promoting American values, such as women’s rights, a free press, and religious tolerance. He speaks English, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. If elected, he will become the first person of Hindu faith and first Asian American Member of Congress from Texas.
Why I’m Running
I served our nation overseas for more than 14 years, working to protect our national security and reduce conflict around the globe. But after seeing the hostility, fear, and hatred spreading across our country over the last few years, I became increasingly concerned with our the problems here at home. The final straw was the Charlottesville Nazi rally, where a woman was killed and a woman from Houston was put in the hospital. These aren’t issues of right and left but of right and wrong.
The greatest danger to our country I see is not a foreign power, but the division right here. I resigned from the Foreign Service and came home to serve because when American values are being threatened, standing up for them is the most patriotic thing to do.
We Texans know that we can face the biggest challenges because there is more that unites us than divides us. I will sit down with anyone, no matter where they are on the political spectrum, if they are willing to put partisanship to the side and work on addressing our problems together.
Our campaign is based on the principle of being the most inclusive in history. It is powered by women, by youth, and by immigrants. We represent all the faiths of District 22 and are campaigning in 21 different languages, reflecting the diversity and strength of this community.
In 2018, our grassroots coalition came within 4.9% of unseating an incumbent who has been in office for 12 years. In 2019 he dropped out of the race and retired. Now, we are one of the most competitive races in the country, an open seat, a nationally targeted “Red to Blue” race, and a “toss up” race according to leading experts. Together, we will win this race and restore reason, compassion, and decency to our country.”