MI-13: Shri Thanedar (D)
At the age of 24 Shri Thanedar came to America in search of opportunity and a better life, with $20 in his pocket.
He worked as a teaching assistant in 1979. His $300 monthly salary wasn’t much to live on – especially after sending $75 each month to help his family still living in India. He eventually earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Chemistry.
After graduation he worked as a research scholar at the University of Michigan. Over the course of 25 years, he built small businesses and created more than 500 well-paying jobs that helped families. He is a three-time recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by Ernst and Young.
In 2020 he was elected to the Michigan State House.
He says, “I’ll never forget what it’s like to live in poverty, and I’ll never stop working to lift Detroit families out of it.”
The biographical information above was sourced from the candidate’s campaign website.