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  Madia, Ashwin
NameAshwin Madia
Plymouth, Minnesota , United States
Website [Link]
Born March 03, 1978 (42 years)
Last ModifedCraverguy
Oct 21, 2008 05:05am
Tags Indian - Liberal - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Gay Marriage - Protectionist - Single - U.S. Marine Corps -
InfoFirst-Generation American

Jigar Ashwin Madia's parents came to America from India with $19 in cash and a dream that America would provide opportunities for their children. Ashwin's family settled in Plymouth, Minnesota. Ashwin is a graduate of Osseo Senior High School, the University of Minnesota, and New York University Law School.

Leader and Advocate

Ashwin served as student body president at the University of Minnesota. He worked with fellow students, administrators, and faculty to keep higher education accessible to all by controlling increases in tuition and fees. He also volunteered as a tutor for children living in a Minneapolis homeless shelter. While in law school, he represented unemployed people in hearings to obtain their benefits, and he provided volunteer legal services for an organization that helped developmentally disabled children.

U.S. Marine

After law school, Ashwin joined the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to Quantico, Virginia for 8 months of basic training. His first duty station was Okinawa, Japan, where he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and legal advisor to a Marine Corps commander.

Iraq War Veteran

Ashwin served in Iraq from September 2005 to March 2006. While stationed in Baghdad, he worked with U.S. military and civilian officials, European Union and United Nations representatives, and Iraqi judicial officers to strengthen the Iraqi criminal justice system. He also briefed top U.S. generals on the status of the rule of law in the country.


Ashwin finished active duty with the Marine Corps on July 4, 2006. He returned to Minnesota and began practicing law at a local firm. As an attorney in private practice, Ashwin represented clients in disputes over intellectual property and other business issues. He also performed free legal work as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and for a victim of political oppression overseas.


Just as his parents dreamed that it would, America has provided Ashwin with many opportunities. He now hopes to draw on his record of leadership, service, and advocacy to represent the 3rd District in the U.S. Congress. Ashwin will abide by the DFL endorsement. He looks forward to speaking personally with residents of the 3rd District about the important issues facing our nation today.



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MN House Seat 32A - Nov 07, 2006 DFL Grace Baltich
MN State Senate 41 - Nov 07, 2006 DFL Andrew Borene
MN State Senate 50 - Nov 07, 2006 DFL Satveer S. Chaudhary
MN District 03 - DFL Primary - Sep 12, 2006 DFL Wendy Wilde
MN US President - Nov 02, 2004 D John Kerry
MN US President - Nov 07, 2000 R George W. Bush
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 D Bill Bradley
US President - R Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 R John McCain
MN US President - Nov 05, 1996 R Robert J. "Bob" Dole