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Ali A. Khorasani is a Leftist Progressive, a member of Generation Y (Millennial), and a scientist. Throughout his life, he has been committed to community service, starting with a canned food drive at the age of four. He went on to earn his Eagle in Boy Scouts, International Baccalaureate Diploma, and was a leader for several service projects at St. Edward’s University. Ali was selected as the Peer Minister for Ecumenical and Interreligious Life at St. Edward’s University and was a part of President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge. Since then, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, a Master’s degree in Chemistry, and currently works as a Field Service Engineer for chemical analysis instruments.

Ali’s political activism kicked off during the 2013 special session of the Texas Legislature, where he volunteered to offer testimony against SB4. His passion for reproductive rights and women’s rights in general drove him to follow the Wendy Davis campaign. He followed Wendy Davis’s gubernatorial campaign and was actively engaged in midterm politics. He was inspired to run by a statement by Neil deGrasse Tyson, asking “Where are the scientists? Where are the engineers? Where is the rest of life?” in Congress. As an Eagle Scout, interfaith leader, and a biomedical researcher, he decided to run to better represent the 90% of Americans, rather than the top 10%/1%/0.1% currently represented.

This campaign is not about who can outfund the competition or who looks and appears the most “typical.” Ali firmly believes that all Americans should be represented in Congress regardless of personal income or the presence or absence of a law degree. He also provides a voice for science as a chemist who intimately understands the driving mechanisms behind climate change. His analytical mind and experience collaborating with international teams to troubleshoot scientific instrumentation will be a great asset to tackling challenging legislative issues such as environmental sustainability, healthcare, education, criminal justice reform, and reproductive rights.

More than anything else, Ali is a good listener, and would love to hear your feedback on issues most important to you.