Congressman Ro Khanna was elected to represent California’s 17th district, which mostly includes the South San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, in 2016. He serves on the Oversight, Budget, and Armed Services Committees. Prior to his election to Congress, Khanna served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce under President Barack Obama. Originally from Pennsylvania and the son of Indian immigrants, Khanna graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and received a law degree from Yale University.
Since being elected, Representative Khanna has been arguably Congress’s leading voice in articulating a progressive foreign policy across the board. He supports a strong US-Israel relationship, and believes that the US should play a leading role in efforts to secure a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians through a negotiated two-state solution. The congressman was one of the earliest cosponsors of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation, and he has been the leading voice against a war with Iran. In 2019, Rep. Khanna introduced an amendment to the NDAA that specified that the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs do not grant the President authorization to launch a war with Iran.