Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Endorses VT State Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale in Congressional Primary

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today endorsed Kesha Ram Hinsdale for Congress, citing her willingness to take on special interests, and her work on behalf of local Vermont communities. 

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Montpelier, VT – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi announced his endorsement of Kesha for Congress, saying “I am proud to endorse State Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale in her bid to represent Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District. A fellow Indian-American, Senator Ram Hinsdale has stood with working people, small businesses, AAPI communities, and immigrant communities throughout her fifteen years in public service. Her experience as a legislator and public servant sets her apart, and I believe she will be an exemplary Congresswoman.”

Said Senator Hinsdale in response, “From rooting out insider stock trading to advocating for real reforms to our immigration system, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has a great track record of working for all those who call America home, including our AAPI communities. This endorsement means a great deal to me and to everyone working to bring the values of justice and equity to Congress. I look forward to collaborating with him as Vermont’s first Congresswoman.”

Elected to Congress in 2016, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi represents the 8th District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, the Committee on Oversight and Reform and as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, Vice-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Immigration Task Force, and as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic caucus. Raja previously served in Illinois state government on the board of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the office’s anti-corruption unit, and as Deputy State Treasurer, before becoming president of small technology businesses in the Chicago area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.


Kesha Ram Hinsdale is running for Congress to be Vermont’s fighter in Washington. Born and raised in a working-class family, she has spent her decade-long tenure in the Vermont Legislature fighting for the dignity of working Vermonters. As the daughter of an Indian immigrant father and Jewish American mother, Ram Hinsdale would be the first woman of color elected to represent Vermont in federal office and would be the first Jew of Color elected to Congress. Upon election to the State House in 2008, she became the youngest state legislator in the country, and she made history in 2020 as the first woman of color elected to Vermont’s State Senate. Ram Hinsdale has an established track record as a leader in the Legislature on environmental, economic and racial justice, and she will bring this leadership to our nation’s capital as Vermont’s first Congresswoman. Learn more at


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