Who am I?
Born the son of immigrants in Trenton, New Jersey, Aneesh Chopra has spent his life focusing on education and innovation. Aneesh’s father immigrated to the United States in 1966, and enrolled in the engineering program at Villanova University. He would go on to earn three patents for his work in the refrigeration industry. His mother began a career as an entry-level clerk and worked her way up to become a financial project manager. Aneesh’s family worked hard to lift themselves into the middle class and give their children access to great public schools and all of the opportunities afforded by a strong education.
Aneesh attended Johns Hopkins University and then the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. After graduate school, Aneesh worked in the private sector, including a job at the Advisory Board Company – a healthcare think tank dedicated to helping hospitals better serve patients. While at the Advisory Board Company, Governor Mark Warner appointed Aneesh to several councils and commissions. Through this work, Aneesh decided he wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of entering public service. He began full-time service to the Commonwealth when Governor Tim Kaine tapped him to serve as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology. In this position he traveled throughout Virginia helping families and small businesses harness the power of technology and innovation to find pragmatic solutions, create jobs and improve their quality of life.
In 2009, based on his record of success in Virginia, President Obama appointed Aneesh as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Aneesh was charged with promoting innovation to address the nation’s most urgent priorities -- from creating jobs to reducing health care costs and keeping our nation secure. As with his work in Virginia, Aneesh brought new energy to tackle some of our nation’s biggest problems. Upon Aneesh’s departure to run for office, President Obama said, “his legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service.”
Aneesh lives in Arlington with his wife, Rohini, and their two daughters
Why am I running?
Aneesh Chopra is running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia because he knows it is time to stop the divisiveness in Richmond and time to start working together to respect women’s rights, celebrate diversity, and create the jobs of the 21st century. Throughout his career, Aneesh has dedicated himself to solving big problems through innovative thinking and cooperation. He will bring his excitement and optimism to the office of Lt. Governor and fight everyday for equality and opportunity for every Virginian.
Aneesh believes that for Virginia to be a leader, the Commonwealth must respect and include all of our residents. We must end the relentless attacks on women's rights to make their own healthcare decisions, we must stop making it harder for Virginians to cast their ballots, and we must empower and include our growing minority populations.
Improving Education: Aneesh believes we need a renewed commitment to education in the Commonwealth. We need a comprehensive plan that invests in early childhood learning, values our teachers through increased pay and a more flexible system that allows them and other employees of our school to adapt and work to solve their specific challenges, increases access and decreases the cost of a college education.
Creating Jobs: New Industries are being born and Virginia should be leading the way. By the year 2020, over 50% of our new businesses will be run by women and minorities. A Virginia that creates jobs in the 21st century is a Virginia that respects women’s rights, celebrates diversity, and wins the war for talent by offering the best education system and cleanest environment possible.
My DFA Values
Aneesh firmly believes that we can make our communities stronger by pursuing a state government that is smarter, faster, better, and fairer to all Virginians. Aneesh believes in respecting and including all Virginians, and this means creating an environment in Richmond that is both inclusive and innovative. Opportunity is essential to liberty, and as Lieutenant Governor, Aneesh will dedicate himself to ensuring all Virginians can pursue their dreams. This means boosting educational opportunities and preparing people for the jobs of the 21st century. This means ensuring people have access to medical care when they are sick or injured. Most importantly, this means that our state's economy is strong enough to provide good, secure employment for all of our residents.
Our communities are strong and secure when we have elected leaders who believe in opportunity and empowerment.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Recently, the Chopra campaign submitted more than 20,500 signatures for ballot access in the Democratic primary. This number is more than twice the required total of 10,000 and shows the strength of the campaign's growing grassroots network. The campaign had organizers and volunteers gathering signatures across the state. We've placed an emphasis on engaging younger voters and volunteers by holding one-on-ones and other recruitment efforts at all of the major colleges and universities in the state.
The Chopra campaign has also developed a fellows program engaging high school and college students in the political process. We are truly empowering them to help us win this campaign. We are training them on campus organizing and giving them metrics to measure their success.
This is evidenced by the growing number of people joining Team Chopra and adding their name and support to the campaign. A demonstration of our grassroots push can be seen at http://teamchopra.org/map with our supporter map.