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Birthdate: Oct. 8, 1950
Birth Place: Nellore, , India
Residence: Somerset, NJ
Upendra Chivukula was born in 1950 in Nellore, India, and then moved to Chennai when he was 2 years old. He grew up in a hut with his parents, grandmother and five siblings and recalls that there was never enough money to go around. He now lives in Franklin Township, N.J.
Chivukula received a scholarship to attend Anna University in Chennai, India, and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering. He came to the United States in 1974 and earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from City College of New York.
Chivukula served as a public member of the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners from 1994 to 1997. He was elected to the Franklin Township Council in 1997, deputy mayor in 1998 and mayor in 2000.
He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1996, 2000 and 2008, and an alternate delegate in 2004. He was a presidential elector for New Jersey in 2004.
Chivukula has served in the New Jersey Legislature since 2002.
Chivukula is the first Indian-American elected to the New Jersey Legislature, and the fourth Indian-American to be elected to a state Legislature.
He and his wife, Dayci, have two children.
Upendra Chivukula recalls his humble beginnings in India and how he came to the United States in the 1970s with only a few dollars in his pocket. He would eventually become the first Indian-American elected to the New Jersey Legislature, and only the fourth Indian-American to be elected to a state Legislature.
In 2012, he won the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Rep. Leonard Lance in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District. He is campaigning on the platform of creating jobs and improving the economy.
Kicking off his campaign, he cited a need to end partisan gridlock in Congress.
He believes that education needs to be made affordable for middle-class families.
Chivukula supports the 2010 health care reform bill, saying that the legislation addresses the costs of health care with its provisions on preventive care and by targeting fraud within the system.
Chivukula has focused on energy issues in the Legislature. He lists the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Global Warming Response Act as legislative accomplishments.
Chivukula was one of the architects of the state's energy master plan; has worked to develop renewable energy; and sponsored a number of energy efficiency and conservation measures. He worked at the local and state levels to promote open-space preservation.
He also worked to promote competition in the cable market and develop small business and technology incubators.
Source: Associated Press
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