Michigan State House of RepresentativeS
Padma grew up in the US, but her family moved back to India in the early 80s. As a teenager who very much identified as an American, it wasn’t the easiest move. But it made her appreciate her life in the US even more. She returned to the States as soon as she could—going to grad school with two suitcases, $250 and the belief that nothing was going to stop her, especially prevailing attitudes that engineering was only for men.
After starting a family, Padma moved to Michigan, where she realized that building a tight-knit community happens from the ground up. She has served on the Boards of the Troy Historic Society and Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and volunteered with The Troy Community Coalition and PTAs from K-12. She was a founding member of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, and helped organize the National Day of Prayer Celebration.
Padma was also appointed to the Troy Planning Commission, where she introduced a Tree Protection Ordinance that was eventually approved by Troy City Council. Recently, she organized a bi-partisan effort for the “No” Vote on the Extreme Charter Amendment.
Read more about Padma on her website.
Padma in the News
"Indian-American engineer, activist, running for Michigan State House"—News India Times
"Democrats Think They’re Poised for Huge Victories in These 10 States"—Mother Jones
Why this Race is Important
Due to partisan gerrymandering, Republicans hold a drastically unfair advantage and are over-represented in the Michigan state legislature. It's critical for Democrats to win seats in 2018 to make blue inroads in this presidential battleground state.
Sister District Policy Scorecard
This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:
- We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
- We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
- We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
- Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.