In addition to his duties as chairman of the House Budget Committee and work in helping end the ongoing government shutdown, Rep. Paul Ryan will soon have a new challenger back home to take on. According to USA Today on Monday, 35-year-old Amardeep Kaleka has announced that he will be forming an exploratory committee and filing paperwork this week in order to run against Ryan in 2014 for the House of Representatives seat he currently holds in Wisconsin's first congressional district.
Born in India, Kaleka is a Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker whose father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was the founder and president of the Oak Creek, Wis. Sikh temple in which five people were killed in a shooting by a white supremacist last August, himself included. The younger Kaleka is reportedly a strong proponent of gun control and is in favor of stricter background checks.
Shortly after the shooting, Kaleka penned an op-ed for CNN that touched on violence in America and immigration.
“There’s a fever in the nation, and specifically in this district, for our leaders to stop playing politics and do their jobs,” Kaleka told the Associated Press about his plans to run for Congress. “All I want to do is bring democracy — a government of, for and by the people — back to America.”
Ryan, meanwhile, will be a tough incumbent to beat. The 43-year-old Republican from Janesville successfully ran for an eighth House term last November while campaigning as Mitt Romney's running mate, defeating Democrat Rob Zerban by 12 percentage points.