Since February 2020, Rishi Sunak, a British politician of Indian descent, has served as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is a member of the Conservative Party and served as Treasury Chief Secretary from 2019 to 2020. Since 2015, he has been the Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks) in North Yorkshire.
Rishi Sunak Biography
Rishi Sunak was born on 12 May 1980 in Southampton, Hampshire, South East England to Kenyan and Tanzanian-born Indian parents, Yashvir and Usha Sunak. His father was a general practitioner and his mother ran a neighbourhood pharmacy as a pharmacist. The grandparents of Rishi Sunak were born in Punjab Province, British India, and immigrated to the United Kingdom from East Africa in the 1960s. Sunak is the oldest sibling of three. His brother is a psychotherapist, and his sister is the Head of Humanitarian, Peacebuilding, and United Nations Funds and Programmes in the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office.
Rishi Sunak’s Political Career
In 2014, he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the seat previously held by William Hague in Richmond (Yorks). Since nearly a century ago, the Conservative Party has held the seat. In that year, he directed Policy Exchange’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Research Unit and co-authored a report on BME communities in the United Kingdom.
In the 2015 General Election, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks). He served as a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee from 2015 to 2017.
At the 2017 General Election, he was re-elected with a larger majority, and in 2018 he was named Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Government. Sunak supported Theresa May’s Brexit deal on three separate occasions.
Sunak co-wrote the piece “The Tories are in grave danger” during the 2019 Conservative leadership contest. Only Boris Johnson can save us,’ said Oliver Dowden and Robert Jenrick, two fellow Conservative lawmakers. Subsequently, the new Tory prime minister appointed all three persons to prominent government positions. Sunak became the Treasury’s Chief Secretary.
About Rishi Sunak
I grew up witnessing my parents’ devoted service to our local community. My father was a family doctor for the National Health Service, and my mother owned her own neighbourhood pharmacy. I wanted to make the same great impact on people as their Member of Parliament, and I was first elected to represent this wonderful district in 2015, then re-elected in 2017 and again in 2019. I reside in Kirby Sigston, near Northallerton.
I have been blessed with a prosperous business career. I co-founded a huge investment firm that works with companies from Bangalore to Silicon Valley. Then I utilised this experience to aid the expansion of small, entrepreneurial British businesses. From working in my mother’s little apothecary to constructing enormous businesses, I have witnessed firsthand how politicians should promote free enterprise and innovation to safeguard our future prosperity.
My parents made significant sacrifices so that I could attend prestigious schools. I had the good fortune of attending Winchester College, Oxford University, and Stanford University. This encounter altered the course of my life, and as a result, I am committed to ensuring that everyone has access to an excellent education. I’ve served as a school trustee and a board member of a huge youth organisation, and I’ve always contributed my time to education programmes that increase access to opportunity.
I have been fortunate to live, study, and work abroad. I met my wife, Akshata, in California, where we lived for several years before moving back to India. Our two girls, Krishna and Anoushka, keep us occupied and amused.
I was named Chief Secretary of the Treasury in July 2019, having joined the government in January 2018 as Minister for Local Government. I was named Chancellor of the Exchequer in February 2020 and served in that capacity until July 2022. In my spare time, I enjoy staying physically fit, playing cricket, football, and watching movies.