Upendra J. Chivukula

Upendra J. Chivukula DEMDemocrat

Member of the New Jersey General Assembly

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Upendra J. ChivukulaDEMDemocrat Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
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Upendra Chivukula (born October 8, 1950) is a Democratic politician who currently serves as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities after serving more than 12 years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he had been the Deputy Speaker. On September 18, 2014, Chivukula was nominated by Governor Chris Christie to a seat on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, to replace retiring NJ BPU Commissioner Jeanne Fox. The New Jersey Senate voted 35–1 to confirm Chivukula to a six-year term on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on September 22, 2014. In 2014, he ran in the Democratic primary to fill retiring Congressman Rush Holt's seat in Congress, but he did not win the nomination.Chivukula served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2002 to 2014, where he represented the 17th Legislative District. In 2001, Chivukula became the first Indian American elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and the fourth Indian American in the United States to be elected to state office.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
City College of New York
Masters Electrical Engineering
1976
Electrical Engineering, Engineering College, Guindy, India
Bachelors
1972
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Certificate Senior Managers in State and Local Government
University of Virginia
Graduate Leaders Program
Past Positions1 - 27 of 27
Delegate
Democratic National Convention
1996
Delegate
Democratic National Convention
2000
Delegate
Democratic National Convention
2008
Council Member
Franklin Township Council, 5th Ward
1997 - 2005
Alternative Delegate
Democratic National Convention
2004
Member
New Jersey Electoral College
2004
Assembly Member
New Jersey State General Assembly
2002
Mayor
Franklin Township
2000
Deputy Mayor
Franklin Township
1998
Municipal Chair
Franklin Township
1993 - 1995
Member
County Committee, Franklin Township
Former Deputy Speaker
New Jersey State General Assembly
Director
Siratech International
2001 - 2004
Director
Compucom Global Solutions
1999 - 2001
Senior Product Planner
Microelectronics, American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), Incorporated
1988
Account Executive
Information Systems, American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), Incorporated
1985 - 1987
Research Account Developer
Technologies, American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), Incorporated
1983
Senior Management Consultant
America Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), Incorporated
1981 - 1983
Systems Engineer
America Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), Incorporated
1981 - 1983
Lead Engineer
Leeds & Northrup
1980 - 1981
Design Engineer
Electronic Associates
1978 - 1980
Employee
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Television
1977 - 1978
Chair
Rangam Consultants, Incorporated, present
Consultant
WTC, Incorporated
Experience
Author
Former Managing Director
Antarctica Group
Senior Member
Technical Staff for Bell Laboratories
Other Experience1 - 33 of 33
Member
Emergency Life Services Delivery
2000 - 2005
Secretary
Franklin Township Community Foundation
1997 - 2005
Member At Large
Association of Indians in America
2001 - 2004
Member
Franklin Township Fire Prevention Board
2000 - 2001
Member
Somerset County Council on Affordable Housing
2000
President
Lions Club, Franklin, New Jersey
2000
President
Asian American Political Coalition
1998 - 1999
Public Member
New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners
1994 - 1997
Secretary
New Jersey Chapter, Indian American Forum for Political Education
1988
Former Member
New Jersey Board of Canvassers
Former Secretary
Indian American Forum for Political Education, New Jersey Chapter
Member
Board of Trustees, Somerset County Affordable Housing, present
Member
Asian American Study Foundation, present
Vice Chair
General Officers, National Conference of State Legislatures, present
Co-Chair
New Jersey Science & Technology Legislative Caucus, present
Co-Chair
New Jersey World Languages and International Studies Legislative Caucus, present
Former Chair
Communications, Technology and Interstate Commerce Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Former Member
Agricultural, Environment and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures
Former Member
Energy and Electric Utilities Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Former Member
Connecting America Foundation for State Legislatures Partners Project, National Conference of State Legislatures
Founding Member
New Jersey Science and Technology Legislative Caucus, present
Member
Senior Steering Committee, present
Member
National Committee, Association of Indians in America, present
Member
Executive Committee, Task Force on Immigration and the States, National Conference of State Legislatures, present
Member
Community Steering Committee, present
Member
Bicentennial Celebration Committee, present
Member
New Jersey World Languages and International Studies Legislative Caucus, presnt
Member
New Jersey International Education Task Force
Member
New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology
Member
Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, present
Member
Middlesex County Cultural and Historic Commission, present
Member
Task Force on Homeland Security, National Conference of State Legislatures, present
Member
Somerset County Cultural Commission, present