Bengaluru – Suneel Gupta, an Indian American lawyer and entrepreneur is seeking to enter the House of Representatives from Michigan. 38 year old Suneel is the younger brother of America’s prominent journalist Sanjay Gupta.
He is running on a platform of expanding health care access and lowering costs. According to Michigan Radio, he is up against Tim Griemel, a term-limited state representative and Haley Stevens, who was chief of staff for the Auto Task Force. All three will be battling for the Democratic seat at the primaries on August 7.
If elected, Gupta said, his priority would be to make affordable, quality healthcare available for all.
Gupta comes from an illustrious Indian American family in Michigan. His mother was recently featured by the Time magazine for being the first female engineer at the Ford Motor Company.
He himself holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from Northwestern Law School. He was sworn in by Justice Roberts to practice in front of the US Supreme Court. He has also worked for Groupon and eventually became the company’s first Vice President of Product Development.
In 2012, with the help of his brother Sanjay Gupta, Suneel started a health care company Rise. The company uses technology to reduce the cost of quality health care. Soon after the startup served over 1,000 patients, former lady Michelle Obama asked Rise to be her team’s official technology partner.
Through this public-private partnership, they delivered health coaching to lower-income areas of the country. In the year 2016, Michael Bloomberg successfully convened a bi-partisan commission on the Future of Work, and Suneel was asked to join and bring Rise’s lessons to policymakers.
In his first ad Gupta had said, I am the only candidate in the race with hands on health care experience.