Daughter of working class Indian immigrants, Silky is a native Houstonian and a product of everything this great state has to offer. A through and through Texan, Silky graduated from John Foster Dulles High School in 2002, going on to earn two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology right here in our backyard from the University of Houston, and later earned her MBA from the Texas A&M school system. While working towards her MBA, she chose to work as a substitute teacher with HISD to gain a better insight into our public education system.
Determined to make a positive change after graduating from University of Houston, Silky joined MD Anderson Cancer Center where she worked in cancer research and conducted community outreach programs at LBJ hospital. Silky continued this community outreach work after moving abroad to Southeast Asia where she worked as a primary school substitute teacher, while also working with one of Malaysia’s largest women’s charitable organizations.
Silky and her husband Imran met at Dulles High School; they live in the Houston Montrose area with their two dogs, Athena and Atlas.
Early on in my campaign, I was called “the people’s candidate.” So, recently when I was asked what kind of congresswoman I would be if elected, my immediate reply was “the people’s representative.”
I believe that we, the people, have the power to change how we are represented by our government. I also believe that the best way to address voter apathy and political disinterest is to build a government that truly represents us, fights for us, doesn’t lie to us, and doesn’t profit off us.
Among all the legislative ideas I hope to bring to Congress, what I want most is to bring about a change in the culture of what congressional representation looks like. I will lead by example and be the change I want to see in my government by:
1) Holding quarterly town hall meetings. As a public servant, my job is to serve the people of this country, and, specifically, my fellow Houstonians.
2) Making all my financials transparent. The best way to end pay for play in Congress is to hold representatives accountable and demand financial transparency at all times.
3) Giving detailed, written explanations of how I vote on legislation. If I am willing to vote for or against something, I should be willing to explain why, and stand by my vote publicly.
I know that together, we can bring change, accountability, and transparency to Congress.
I hope I can count on your vote in the March 6 Democratic primary.