In conversation with Jonathan Tamari
Born in Philadelphia to an immigrant family, Democrat Ro Khanna has served as the U.S. representative for California’s 17th congressional district—better known as Silicon Valley— since 2017. The deputy assistant secretary of commerce during the Obama administration and a national co-chair for Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign, he was an economics professor at Stanford University and worked in private practice as a lawyer for technology companies. In Congress, Khanna has championed environmental causes, jobs programs, campaign finance reform, and anti-monopoly economic reforms, among other progressive issues. Dignity in a Digital Age presents Rep. Khanna’s objective to achieve opportunity and access for people in the parts of the United States whose lives have been shaped by the growth of 21st technology while not necessarily experiencing the industry’s economic benefits.
Jonathan Tamari is the national political reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Washington, D.C., he writes about policy and politics on Capitol Hill and helped lead the Inquirer's coverage of Pennsylvania's critical role in the 2020 presidential election. A North Jersey native, he previously reported on New Jersey state politics and the Philadelphia Eagles. When he can disconnect, you'll find him running or walking his dog.