Well-liked as he is, Rep. Mike Honda has become lazy. The seven-term Democratic congressman representing the heart of Silicon Valley has done little to give Silicon Valley a voice in Washington. A center of innovative thinking deserves an active, engaged legislator.
That’s why we support fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, a 37-year-old patent lawyer, former trade representative for President Obama and Stanford University economics lecturer.
Khanna combines both social principles and a passion for economic development. As an author and trade official, he’s pushed for the revitalization of American manufacturing.
He first ran for office a decade ago on a platform opposing the Patriot Act and the Iraq War in a failed bid to oust Rep. Tom Lantos. Khanna has stayed true to those principles, opposing government overreach and advocating for reform. He also penned an Internet bill of rights advocating for online privacy for consumers. Khanna, unlike Honda, is in touch with today’s Silicon Valley and would give this region the kind of representation it deserves.