Trivedi for Congress

Who am I?

I'm an Iraq War veteran and primary care physician, born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In Iraq, I served as a Battalion Surgeon with the 1st Battalion 5th Regiment Marine Corps Infantry Battalion and commanded a medical team that cared for over 1,200 of our troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians. After my service in Iraq, I received my Masters degree in health policy and served as Health Policy Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. Since leaving the Navy, I moved back home to Berks County and have been practicing medicine at local hospitals in the area.

I'm also a father of two little girls, Sonia and Ashmi. I care deeply about their ability to access a good public education, secure a family supporting job and be treated with dignity and respect in retirement.

Why am I running?

As a Battalion Surgeon in Iraq, I saw first hand the sacrifice our men and women in uniform make for this county. When I came back from the war and sought my Masters degree in health policy, I drew on that experience to investigate the unique mental health issues affecting our troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I believe that Congress has shortchanged our veterans in this area, the same way they consistently disappoint the middle class. It's my desire to fight for our veterans and for our middle class families that drives me to serve my country in a different capacity - by running for the Congressional District I grew up in, Pennsylvania's 6th.

My Goals

1. Pass an increased federal minimum wage

I participated with AFL-CIO bus tour calling for an increased wage. I am meeting with local labor unions and individuals to learn more about what I can do as a candidate to pressure Congress to act.

2. Pass Equal Pay in the House

I will co-sponsor equal pay legislation and as a candidate will organize supporters to take action to pressure Congress to pass equal pay.

3. Pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill to create good paying jobs while fixing roads and bridges, repairing crumbling schools and provide broadband access to rural communities.

I am meeting with the Building Trades Council, local infrastructure businesses and companies providing broadband to make certain that we have a comprehensive plan for infrastructure development. As a candidate and a member I will be engaged in my district with community stakeholders and push funding to programs with broad community support.

My DFA Values

The famous saying we always hear is "the middle class is the backbone of America," yet our representatives in Congress continue to place more and more burdens on the middle class while cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires. We also see hardworking women and members of the LGBT community being denied fair wages and discriminated against in the workplace. It is an American value that everyone should have the opportunity to work hard, earn a fair wage and be able to support their family.

I will stand with DFA supporters and fight for an increased minimum wage, equal pay for women and legislation ending discrimination in the workplace.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Last month, I joined local supporters and labor representatives for AFL-CIO's Raise the Wage bus tour to show my support for working families by calling for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

I am proud that my very first endorsement this cycle came from my friend and former NARAL President, Kate Michelman. As a doctor I am passionate about protecting the doctor-patient relationship and protecting womens' health care choices. As a father, I'm committed to equal pay for my daughters. In 2014, there is no excuse for the failure to pass this legislation in the House. I agree with President Obama when he says, "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds."

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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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