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Meet Kia Hamadanchy: Candidate for U.S. Congress (CA-45th)

Source: Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)

Irvine, CA - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) recently had the opportunity to interview Kia Hamadanchy to discuss his historic campaign for California's 45th Congressional District. If successful, he will become the first American of Iranian descent to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

Kia Hamadanchy,  Candidate for U.S. Congress (CA-45th)

The son of small business owners and immigrants from Iran, Kia was born and raised in Irvine, California.  After graduating from High School, he attended the University of Michigan for both his undergraduate and law degrees. 

After law school, Kia moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as legal counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Under Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Kia worked to expose exploitation of students by the for-profit college industry and helped to crack down on their fraudulent />  
Following Senator Harkin's retirement, Kia worked in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), one of the Senate's leading advocates for working families. 

"I know firsthand how hard Kia will work to improve the lives of Americans from all walks of life," explains Senator Brown in a ringing endorsement of Kia's campaign. "He is committed to protecting civil rights, making education more affordable, and increasing opportunities for all Americans. Congress needs hard-working, thoughtful leaders like Kia and I know he will be a passionate and determined advocate for the people of Orange County."

Kia has devoted his career to fighting for students and families across this country and to making sure that each and every American is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. 

PAAIA: What inspired you to run for public office?

Kia:& I made the decision to run for Congress the night President Donald Trump unveiled his first discriminatory travel ban, which would have denied my own parents entry to the United States. When my mother asks me whether she should sell her house and move to Canada "because this is the not the first time she has had to leave a country because of the government changing," there is something wrong with that.  This is a country that was built by immigrants for immigrants and where no one should feel like they are a second-class citizen, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other distinguishing factor. Click here to read the full interview. 

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