Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula is the first South Asian
American elected to NJ State Assembly and he is
the fourth Indian American elected to the
Mr. Upendra Chivukula is a longtime resident of
Franklin Township. He is married to Dayci
Chivukula for 27 years. Together they have raised
two children, a son, Suraj and daughter, Damianty.
ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
- Vice-chairman, Commerce and Economic
- Member, Telecommunications and Utilities
- Member, Transportation Committee
- Member, World Languages Instruction Committee
- Member, Board of Election Canvassers
- Member, NJ Science and Technology Commission
- Member, NJ Commerce and Business Growth
- Member, CSG/Eastern States Conference on
Energy and Environment
- Currently Franklin Township 5th Ward
Councilman, former Franklin Township Mayor.
- Member of various Franklin Township boards
and Franklin Township Community Foundation.
- Board Member, Somerset County Affordable
Housing Board of Trustees
- Served on the Somerset County Cultural and
Historic and Middlesex County Cultural and
- Public Member, New Jersey State Board of
Social Work Examiners, a regulatory body, a
- Member of Delegation to Democratic National
Convention in 1996 and 2000.
He is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow (1998),
Flemming Institute Fellow (2003), Past President
of Franklin Township Lions Club and Zone 2
Chairman in District 16-D. He is National
Committee Member of the Association of Indians in
America, Past Secretary of NJ Chapter of Indian
American Forum for Political Education and Past
President of Asian American Political Coalition.
He is Managing Director, Antarctica Group, New
York, NY. Upendra has drawn extensive technical
and business experience from AT&T Bell
Mr. Upendra has a Master's degree in Electrical
Engineering from the City College of the City
University of New York.