- The Indian American who is currently serving his first term representing Detroit's 3rd district will possibly challenge two-term Rep. Rashida Tlaib in the primaries.
Michigan State Rep. Shri Thanedar, a Democrat, is planning to run for the U.S. Congress, possibly challenging two-term Rep. Rashida Tlaib in the primaries. Thanedar is currently serving his first term representing Detroit’s 3rd district. The Indian American, who ran for governor in 2018, announced in a press release that he’s forming an exploratory committee to run for Michigan’s 13th district in the U.S. House which includes parts of Detroit and Wayne County suburbs like Highland Park, Inkster, River Rouge, Ecorse and Westland.
“Working for the people of Michigan in the State House is an honor and privilege,” Thanedar said in the press release. “This work has strengthened my desire for public service and I am ready for higher office.”
Thanedar won his seat in the statehouse last year and has passed 18 bills, including one to bring $94 million to Detroit Public Schools, according to his press release. He also introduced a bill to help fund environmental monitoring, which Gov. Whitmer signed into law.
He said in the press release that his main priorities in Congress would be public safety, education equity, Medicare for All, paid family leave, lower prescription drug prices, universal basic income, and clean air and water.
Although Tlaib hasn’t announced which district she’ll run in, news reports speculate that she is expected to pursue the 13th district once final redistricting maps are approved by the state.
Thanedar immigrated to the United States in 1979 to search for better opportunities. He paid for his education by working as a teacher’s assistant. “During that time, he earned just $300 a month and sent $75 each month to his family, who were dealing with financial hardship, could put food on the table,” his profile says. After earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry, he worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of Michigan (1982-84). He also earned an MBA from Fontbonne College in 1987.
He then entered the private sector as an entrepreneur. For over 25 years, Thanedar built small businesses and created thousands of well-paying jobs that helped families. He is a three-time recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by Ernst and Young.