Democrat Upendra J. Chivukula, of Franklin Township, holds the distinction of being the first South-Asian to ever serve in the state Legislature. He was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 6, 2001.
Born October 8, 1950, Mr. Chivukula received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Guindy's Engineering College in India; and his Master of Electrical Engineering from City College of New York. He is the chairman of Rangam Consultants, Inc., a Somerset-based information technology firm.
Mr. Chivukula and his wife, Dayci, have two children: Suraj and Damianty.
Mr. Chivukula represents the 17th Legislative District, which includes the Middlesex County municipalities of Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and Piscataway; and the Somerset County municipality of Franklin.