Attorney and Professor
Obama Aide, Small Business Owner, Attorney
BA, Political Science, Stanford University; MPP, Cambridge University; JD, NYU School of Law
New York Bar Association, The Arena, Urban Upbound, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, NRDX and Equal Justice Initiative
Prior Public Experience
Obama Campaign 2008, Obama Campaign 2012 & White House Advance Associate
My name is Suraj Patel. I live in the East Village, and I am running to represent our district, New York’s 12th, because we need new, effective leadership after 26 years of the status quo.
I am the son of Indian immigrants, for whom the halls of Wall Street and the Ivy League were shut off in the early 1960s.
Like many immigrant families, they started a business; I grew up bussing tables, filling vending machines, and doing hotel laundry to build their American Dream.
In one generation, I was able to go to college, become an attorney, and work for President Barack Obama. I am running to restore the promise of New York -- education, opportunity, and mobility -- for every family in New York's 12th Congressional District.