Aneesh Chopra

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Aneesh Chopra
Aneesh Chopra Portrait.jpg
1st Chief Technology Officer of the United States
In office
May 2009 – February 2012[1]
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Todd Park[2]
4th Secretary of Technology of Virginia
In office
January 2006 – April 2009
Governor Tim Kaine
Preceded by Eugene J. Huang
Succeeded by Leonard M. Pomata
Personal details
Born (1972-07-13) July 13, 1972 (age 43)[3]
Trenton, New Jersey [4]
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Rohini Dhir[5][6]
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University
Harvard University

Aneesh Paul Chopra (born July 13, 1972) served as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), appointed by President Barack Obama. Chopra previously served as Virginia’s fourth Secretary of Technology. Chopra was a candidate in 2013 for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.[7]


He was born in 1972 in Trenton, New Jersey, the eldest son of Indian immigrants Ram and Neelam Chopra.[6][8] Chopra graduated with a M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

On announcing Chopra's nomination, President Obama outlined his aims for the CTO. "As Chief Technology Officer, Chopra's job will be to promote technological innovation to help the country meet its goals such as job creation, reducing health care costs, and protecting the homeland. Together with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, their jobs were to make the government more effective, efficient, and transparent."[9] Chopra's appointment was confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 2009.[10]

On the December 9, 2009 episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Chopra was featured in a segment in which a series of video clips were shown of him laughing as he went through an explanation of the Open Government Initiative. During the segment, host Jon Stewart referred to Chopra as the "Indian George Clooney."[11][12]

Chopra left the White House in early 2012.[13]

On July 12, 2012, Chopra announced his candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[14] On April 2, 2013, The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) certified that Chopra's name would appear on the June primary ballot, along with that of State Senator Ralph Northam.[15] Northam defeated Chopra in the primary on June 11, 2013.[16]

In March 2014, it was reported that he started Hunch Analytics, a data and analytics company aimed at healthcare, education and energy sectors.[7]

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  1. ^ Ashely Southall (2012-01-27). "Top Technology Official Leaving the White House". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  2. ^ Hart, Kim (2012-03-11). "At SXSW, Todd Park talks startups". Politico. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ Linnell, Lisa Prezioso; Hayes, Heather B. (1 Feb 2008), "The collaborative strategist", Virginia Business (Virginia Business Publications), 
  4. ^ "Introducing Aneesh Chopra: America’s CTO", The Indofiles, 18 Apr 2009, archived from the original on 10 Feb 2010 
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  7. ^ a b "Aneesh Chopra, the First CTO of USA, starts Hunch Analytics". IANS. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Tracy, Ryan. "Obama taps WW-PS alum for technology post", The Times (Trenton), April 21, 2009. Accessed February 22, 2011. "President Obama has picked a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School to be the nation's first chief technology officer. Aneesh Chopra, 36, graduated from West Windsor's south campus in 1990 and spent the last three years as secretary of technology under Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine."
  9. ^ Press Release,", 18 April 2009
  10. ^ "Confirmations". Congressional Record Online. Government Printing Office. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  11. ^ Video of Aneesh Chopra on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing the Open Government Initiative, on December 9, 2009
  12. ^ Video of Aneesh Chopra Aneesh takes his Daily Show appearance in stride in December, 2009
  13. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (2012-01-27). "Aneesh Chopra leaving the White House, likely to run for Virginia lieutenant governor". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  14. ^ Kumar, Anita (July 12, 2012). "Aneesh Chopra to run for Virginia lieutenant governor". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ Walker, Julian (April 2, 2013). "McAuliffe named Dem governor nominee, 4 others make ballot". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ Pershing, Ben and Errin Whack (2013-06-11). "Democrats give nod to Northam, Herring in statewide races". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

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