Manan Trivedi

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Manan Trivedi
Manan Trivedi meeting with potential voters during the 2010 Democratic Primary
Born (1974-05-22) May 22, 1974 (age 44)
Alma materUniversity of California - Los Angeles (M.P.P.)
Boston University School of Medicine (M.D.)
Boston University (B.A.)
OccupationPrimary Care Physician; Fmr. Lt. Commander, United States Navy
Political partyDemocrat
ChildrenSonia, Ashmi

Manan Trivedi (born May 22, 1974) is an American physician, politician Iraq War veteran and perennial candidate. He was the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district in the 2010,[1] 2012 and 2014 elections,[2] losing to his Republican opponents in each election.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Trivedi was born and raised in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, and was the valedictorian at his high school.[3] He went to Boston University for college and medical school, completing a Masters in Public Policy at UCLA. He is currently employed as a board-certified doctor of internal medicine at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pennsylvania.[3] Before running for Congress, Trivedi served as a Health Care Advisor to the Obama for America campaign. He serves as President of the National Physicians Alliance since 2016.[4]

Military service[edit]

During the Iraq War, Trivedi served as a battalion surgeon with the United States Marine Corps as a navy officer.[5] He earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.[6]

Congressional elections[edit]


In the May 18, 2010 primary election, Trivedi defeated journalist Doug Pike and Lower Merion Commissioner Brian Gordon by 672 votes.[3][7]

Trivedi lost to Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach in the general election on November 2, 2010, by 57% to 43%[1]


Trivedi won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district again in 2012.[2] He received the endorsement of Democracy for America, and was selected as one of their Dean Dozen. In the general election, he was again defeated by Gerlach, by the same margin, 57% to 43%.[8]


On January 6, 2014, Gerlach announced that he would not run for re-election.[9] Trivedi announced his candidacy on February 10,[10] and won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district for a third time in on May 20.[11] He faced Republican Ryan Costello in the general election and was defeated by 56% to 44%.[12]

Political positions[edit]

Manan Trivedi is pro-choice, supports providing tax incentives to businesses for job creation, supports federal regulations of greenhouse gases, opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act, opposes requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship, and opposes privatizing social security.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Trivedi and his wife, Surekha, reside in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.[3]


  1. ^ a b Farrell, Joelle (February 21, 2010). "Chester County Democrats Endorse Trivedi". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on February 23, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Fitzgerald (19 July 2011). "Reading physician, an Iraq vet, to challenge Gerlach". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Farrell, Joelle (May 20, 2010). "Trivedi Wins 6th District Nod, and Gerlach Takes Aim". The Philadelphia Inquirer.[dead link]
  4. ^ "NPA Welcomes New President Manan Trivedi, MD, MPP!". National Physicians Alliance. October 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Urban, Mike (July 2, 2003). "War Leaves Indelible Images on the Mind". Reading Eagle.
  6. ^ "Manan Trivedi Biography". NRI Political Biographies. June 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "Indian-American wins Democratic primary in Philadelphia". The Times of India. May 20, 2010.
  8. ^ Mosqueda-Fernandez, Sara (November 7, 2012). "Gerlach beats Trivedi in Sixth Congressional District". Mainline Media News.
  9. ^ "Jim Gerlach Won't Seek Re-Election (Updated) - At the Races". At the Races. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  10. ^ "PA-6: Trivedi to Announce Candidacy Tuesday". Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Election: With Gerlach retiring, Costello and Trivedi will face off in 6th District in November". Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Republican Announces Bid for Gerlach Seat in Pennsylvania (Updated)". At the Races. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Manan Trivedi's Political Positions". Vote Smart. October 31, 2012.

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