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Introducing Rishi Kumar, our next Congressional Representative

Rishi at the capitol

Rishi Kumar is a Silicon Valley hi-tech executive, a mechanical engineer by education, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (CA-16). He is currently a Saratoga City councilmember - elected with the most votes in his city’s election history - and is serving his second term. Rishi is running against Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who is in her 44th year in public office. Read the 44-year report card.

Rishi Kumar - poised to win on November 8th, 2022

Rishi will face Eshoo again in the runoff - for the 2nd straight time - having defeated six formidable candidates in the recent primary election. Rishi won 127,000 votes in the November 2020 general election - the highest votes for any Eshoo challenger in 30 years. His target for a November win is a total of 150,000 votes. Read the election recap.

Rishi fights for the people and brings common sense thinking

Rishi believes in fiscally moderate, result-driven problem-solving approaches as a political leader. As an immigrant and an engineer working for IBM, Rishi found his calling as an activist stepping up for complex community challenges that he couldn’t ignore. As a councilmember of Saratoga, he challenged the system, unafraid to be the dissenting vote, and focused his energy on the tough community challenges. He led efforts to reject many of San Jose Water Company’s water rate increases that benefited a million residents of Silicon Valley, reduced burglaries - the largest reduction compared to any other Silicon Valley city, and stopped a potential 300-room hotel mega development project on a hillside in a high fire hazard zone. When his colleagues on the city council proposed a road tax, he was the only dissenting vote, pushing for a budget optimization approach instead to free up dollars for road repair. The council ultimately put the brakes on the road tax. Rishi brings a people-centric platform and a track record of getting-things-done to politics.

Rishi lives in Saratoga with his wife Seema, a networking industry professional, and their two sons.

Rishi’s run is for integrity in politics

Rishi’s motivation is to change the broken sold out Washington culture by bringing a new brand of people-driven, rather than lobbyist-driven, politics. Rishi’s run is for the people.

Rishi’s priorities as your Congressional Representative

Check out Rishi’s policy priorities at RishiKumar.com/priorities. Watch Rishi’s personal story here (click to play the 2 minute video). His platform focuses on addressing current-day challenges such as the housing, traffic and homelessness crisis, rising burglaries, California fires, water infrastructure, San Jose Water Company’s greed, the pandemic, the Silicon Valley tech exodus, healthcare, and climate change.

Rishi has a track record of empowering the youth

As a person of color, Rishi believes that if you are lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down. Rishi has championed the issues of disadvantaged communities across Silicon Valley, seeking to bridge the income gap. To rectify this issue, Rishi launched the no-charge Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, which benefited thousands of disadvantaged students by empowering them through STEM and entrepreneurial skills. Since 2012, Rishi has also hosted the no-charge Lego Robotics Bootcamp to teach students robotic design and programming. As a member of the California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Panel, a California Department of Education initiative, Rishi has helped roll out a K-12 Computer Science curriculum for every Public School student in California that is scheduled to go live in 2022. During the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, Rishi organized hackathons, facilitated entrepreneurial boot camps for young students, and provided online coding classes to encourage continued growth for all students. His current internship program provides valuable leadership experience for hundreds of high school and college students all over the country. Rishi believes that equal opportunity should be afforded to all youth, regardless of their family’s income level in order to begin to bridge the income inequality gap.

Unique brand of politics

If you watched the 2020 Candidates Forum, Rishi proved that, as a valley tech executive and an elected leader, he gets it. Rishi’s brand is exciting since he could potentially be the first tech-savvy congressman, keenly invested to grow the economy and create jobs - opportunity for all. Silicon Valley’s success as an innovation capital of the world will be in good hands

Rishi has been solving the data challenges in tech, and will solve the people-challenges as a U.S. Representative with your support. Rishi does not believe in partisan politics, but rather in problem solving - not Left, not Right, but Forward. We are NOT simply Red States, or Blue States - we are the United States. Rishi will always represent every person in his constituency, irrespective of party, or economic status or anything else. You can count on it! Never the special interests or those with fat wallets.

Here is Rishi’s personal story, the journey to the U.S., to Silicon Valley and the run for U.S. Congress.

Rishi on Capitol Hill

New Energy, New Leadership

  • America’s future is in jeopardy! Lifer, sold-out politicians stay too long, are blissfully out of touch, while we suffer record crime, exorbitant gas prices and inflation, a declining education system and a historical California land grab. America wants new blood and Rishi is ready to serve.
  • Rishi's campaign is People-Powered; Rishi has pledged to not accept PAC or Special Interest Group campaign contributions.
  • Elected to city council in 2014, Rishi led charge on the tough challenges; he reduced burglaries in Saratoga by 47%, the greatest Y2Y drop in city history and rejected many of San Jose Water Company’s rate increase proposals, which had never been attempted before.
  • As a result, Rishi was reelected (2018) with the most votes in 64 years of Saratoga’s election history.
  • Rishi is NOT a Washingon insider career politician entrenched with lobbyists. He understands Silicon Valley's innovation economy as a hi-tech executive and will ensure our standing as the innovation capital of the world.
  • During a pandemic, Rishi Kumar stopped the campaign and launched the Neighborhood Pandemic Preparedness Team. Hundreds of volunteers helped thousands of our neighbors. During the California fires, Rishi proactively provided urgent fire updates, and helped evacuated people with hotel accommodations.
  • During the November 2020 election, Rishi received more votes (37%) than any other challenger from this district in the last 30 years thanks to an unprecedented district engagement with volunteers from 29 states - 100,000 doors and a million phone calls.
  • Rishi’s run is for Ethics in Politics. He will always fight for the people and will never sell out. Vote for Rishi, Vote for Change  on November 8, 2022.

Hi-tech Executive at a Silicon Valley Big Data, Analytics Software Company
Former IBMer

Former Executive Board Member /Delegate (AD28) CA Democratic Party

Member, California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Panel

Implementing a computer science K-12 curriculum to go live in 2022

M.S Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut

“A Community Activist who empowers youth with STEM”