State Rep. Padma Kuppa

State Rep. Padma Kuppa Padma Kuppa is State Rep. for Michigan’s 41st District, serving Troy & Clawson. Fighting for public schools, our Great Lakes, and a strong and healthy Michigan.

State Rep. Padma Kuppa is serving her first term representing Michigan’s 41st House District, which encompasses the cities of Troy and Clawson. Kuppa came to the U.S. from India at the age of four and grew up in America before moving to India as a teenager. After receiving her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Warangal, Kuppa moved home to the U.S

State Rep. Padma Kuppa is serving her first term representing Michigan’s 41st House District, which encompasses the cities of Troy and Clawson. Kuppa came to the U.S. from India at the age of four and grew up in America before moving to India as a teenager. After receiving her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Warangal, Kuppa moved home to the U.S

Operating as usual

08/21/2021

Here at Troy High Soccer annual car wash after dropping off the #SBOTM recognition at Trevarrow Ace Hardware!

My op-ed for this month’s American Kahani is on something very close to my heart as a legislator: eliminating the “tampo...
08/20/2021
My Thoughts on Tampon Tax, Period Poverty and Bollywood Film ‘Pad Man’ - American Kahani

My op-ed for this month’s American Kahani is on something very close to my heart as a legislator: eliminating the “tampon tax.”

This legislative term, State Representative Tenisha Yancey and I introduced HB 4270 and HB 4271 to address “period poverty” by eliminating the use and sales tax on menstrual hygiene products such as pads, tampons, etc. to make them more affordable. State Senator Winnie Brinks and State Senator Mallory McMorrow introduced this legislation in the Senate as well.

Since then, my team and I have met with several student groups and organizations who are passionate about the legislation — which was included in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget recommendations. We’ve heard stories of menstruators (often students) who far too frequently miss school, work, etc. due to lack of access to these products. That is why my team and I will continue working to make Michigan the latest state to address #periodpoverty by repealing the #tampontax.

My full op-ed: https://americankahani.com/perspectives/my-thoughts-on-tampon-tax-period-poverty-and-bollywood-film-pad-man/

My Thoughts on Tampon Tax, Period Poverty and Bollywood Film Pad Man

Over the hump day! (Beware the long post…)Monday started with my first meeting as Advisory Board member of Troy Communit...
08/19/2021

Over the hump day! (Beware the long post…)
Monday started with my first meeting as Advisory Board member of Troy Community Coalition! I got to swear in new members of this awesome org that works to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. The days work included efforts for noise abatement because of I-75 expansion and finishing the day with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi at the Indian Independence Day event at India in USA (Consulate General of India, Chicago) with friends from MI.
Tuesday was session day so I headed to Lansing - members of our #youthadvisorycouncil came from the district and watched from the gallery as we voted on bills and gave speeches on the House Floor.
Today, I worked on a number of policy issues including legislation to eliminate the #tampontax, HB 4270-4271 with Rep. Tenisha Yancey; #DriveSafe bills with Rep. Rachel Hood and the Drive Michigan Forward coalition and the Sierra Club on advancing efforts for #cleanfuel vehicles. But the best part of the day is always hearing from and helping constituents. I had lunch with friends at the Rotary Club Of Troy Michigan - where I learned about issues faced by our seniors and small businesses. #LetsGetToWork

Glad I had the chance to connect with our local clerks before voting on today's election bills. Their perspective was va...
08/17/2021
Rep. Kuppa on Passage of Election Legislation

Glad I had the chance to connect with our local clerks before voting on today's election bills. Their perspective was valuable and allowed me to vote based on the needs of our district and its residents.

My full statement on the passage of these bills in the House: https://housedems.com/rep-kuppa-on-passage-of-election-legislation/

LANSING, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 — State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) issued the following statement after today’s passage of legislation based on unfounded claims of election irregularities or fraud: “I am disappointed that the reason we were called back to Lansing today was to further pro...

To celebrate India’s Independence Day (Aug. 15), Indian Americans around metro Detroit celebrated with food, festivities...
08/15/2021

To celebrate India’s Independence Day (Aug. 15), Indian Americans around metro Detroit celebrated with food, festivities and gatherings - on Friday, I was honored at the India League of America - Michigan #aql #IndiaDay sponsors’ banquet - hung out with former Dem House leader Sam Singh’s parents and the hubby; yesterday, I went to my friend and colleague State Representative Kelly Breen’s district for a subdued annual India Day event and even did some shopping… Most importantly, I connected with constituents - one is a mechanical engineer from NIT,Warangal Class of 2013 (15 years after me)!
#formerbritishcolonies #smallworld #celebratingfreedom #democracy

Thank you for coming out! Lots of great conversations with constituents today despite it being #FridayThe13th. 😉Protecti...
08/14/2021

Thank you for coming out! Lots of great conversations with constituents today despite it being #FridayThe13th. 😉

Protecting Michigan’s water, air, wildlife, and natural landscapes is something we can all get behind, and I’m grateful to MLCV for all the work they do for our state!

We're out knocking doors today to hear from State Rep. Padma Kuppa's constituents about the issues they care about!

Who would you like to see as my next Small Business of the Month? 🏙 To nominate a Troy or Clawson business for Small Bus...
08/09/2021
Rep. Kuppa's Small Business Nomination

Who would you like to see as my next Small Business of the Month? 🏙

To nominate a Troy or Clawson business for Small Business of the Month, fill out the nomination form here! ⬇️

https://housedems.com/padma-kuppa/small-business-nomination/

Small businesses drive our local economies, keeping money close to home and supporting neighborhoods and communities. Use this form to nominate a deserving small business in House District 41 for legislative recognition. Small businesses drive our local economies, keeping money close to home and sup...

With Wayne State University  Prof. Li - he loves math too, and invited me to a Megrez Education program to explain what ...
08/07/2021

With Wayne State University Prof. Li - he loves math too, and invited me to a Megrez Education program to explain what I do as a legislator! Love the opportunity to make what I do accessible to students and parents alike! #lovemath #solveproblems #STEMeducation

With Wayne State University Prof. Li - he loves math too, and invited me to a Megrez Education program to explain what I do as a legislator! Love the opportunity to make what I do accessible to students and parents alike! #lovemath #solveproblems #STEMeducation

08/05/2021

Couldn’t agree more, Senator Gary Peters! Investing in electric vehicles (EVs) will benefit both our environment and economy.

That’s why I proudly joined a group of bipartisan colleagues in introducing a bill package aimed at expanding EV infrastructure opportunities in Michigan. My bill in the package was recently voted out of the House Energy Committee, and hope to see it hit the floor soon!

Timeline Photos
08/05/2021

Timeline Photos

The CDC extended the eviction moratorium through Oct. 3 for counties with substantial levels of community transmission of COVID-19. The current extension protects tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent only. Apply for rental assistance here: http://michigan.gov/CERA

Warning: Seriously long post about an absolutely fun and important day. Pls read as it will give you insight into what m...
08/05/2021

Warning: Seriously long post about an absolutely fun and important day. Pls read as it will give you insight into what my job as a legislator is like.
The day starts with me and James - Director of Constituent Services for HD41 - giving a legislative update at the Building & Trades Breakfast (I’m late because I forgot about the construction on John R) - and meet my colleague State Representative Samantha Steckloff’s husband (finally!).
After, James and I head to Kahve House in Clawson for some coffee & a mamoul - and review a few things & prep for midday legislative door knocking with our #YouthAdvisoryCouncil members and interns.
We meet up at the #troycommunitycenter and as we’re waiting for everyone to join us, I get to catch up w/some friends walking out. We all head out to knock doors - and I take a break for a working lunch at NeeHee's - and realize that the young lady who takes my order is someone who I’ve known for most of her life… and run into my former Chrysler boss. He tells me what a great job I’m doing in this new one. 💪🏽
Catch up on policy stuff (bills I’m introducing, research on issues that constituents have raised concerns about, and bills that might be coming up for a vote when we are back in session) and plan for town halls with my Legislative Director.
And then the reminder of why I am honored to be a representative: I’m humbled by the things that neighbors share with me at the doors.
Mr. Nathan who’s from Iraq, whose father migrated from India when he was with the British army - before India got independence 75 years ago.
A woman from my neighborhood weeding her dad’s garden, and asked me not to knock as he has Alzheimer’s (reminds me why I need to work harder with my colleague Rep. Helena Scott on long term care infrastructure.
A parent concerned about making sure there’s a mask mandate (she needs to call the district).
Darlene, who’s going to watch the virtual town hall hosted by Asian Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan last week, with me and my colleague Tenisha Yancey on strengthening our Democracy and voting rights.
A couple worried about their autistic son aging out of care services and the poor wages that care workers are paid, thank me for working on this issue - and I share who in Republican leadership they can reach out to, to advocate on the issue.
A mom who’s been saving for her two kids’ college education but FAFSA changes will negatively impact them - an issue I promised to pass on to our Congresswoman Haley Stevens.
An animal advocate who loves the bill I introduced to make the Shelter Pet the State Pet.
I could go on. All these stories fill my cup and help focus our policy work.

Note: sometimes we forget to take pictures.

Starting the week strong after a weekend surrounded by community! #TTJ2021, Anand Bazaar, a legislative meeting with vet...
08/02/2021

Starting the week strong after a weekend surrounded by community! #TTJ2021, Anand Bazaar, a legislative meeting with veterans at American Legion Hall, and so much more. #gratitude

08/01/2021

At Bharatiya Temple for annual #AnandBazaaar - skipped last year but they haven’t skipped a beat! Great food, vendors and community sponsors!

08/01/2021

At Columbia Center on Big Beaver for the Troy Historic Village’s #TroyTrafficJam! Come join us for this wonderful antique and classic car show - it’s free!

Another great day of #BuyMichiganWeek at Doc Sweets' Candy Company, our Clawson Small Business of the Month! Congrats to...
07/31/2021

Another great day of #BuyMichiganWeek at Doc Sweets' Candy Company, our Clawson Small Business of the Month! Congrats to their amazing team. 😊

To nominate a business for this recognition, visit: https://housedems.com/padma-kuppa/small-business-nomination/

Another great day of #BuyMichiganWeek at Doc Sweets' Candy Company, our Clawson Small Business of the Month! Congrats to their amazing team. 😊

To nominate a business for this recognition, visit: https://housedems.com/padma-kuppa/small-business-nomination/

07/30/2021
This week, I visited Fox and Hounds Pastry Den, our Troy Small Business of the Month! What a great way to celebrate #Buy...
07/30/2021

This week, I visited Fox and Hounds Pastry Den, our Troy Small Business of the Month! What a great way to celebrate #BuyMichiganWeek, as proclaimed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

To nominate a business for this recognition, visit: https://housedems.com/padma-kuppa/small-business-nomination/

07/29/2021

Make sure to join Asian Pacific Islander American Vote Michigan i for a discussion on the importance of the freedom to vote and the anti-voter bills introduced in the Michigan state legislature.

Register at: bit.ly/Freedom2Vote!

07/29/2021

Join myself and Representative Kuppa as we partner with @michiganunitedinst @miroundtable and @apiavotemi for a discussion on voter suppression this Thursday, July 29th at 6:30p.m.

bit.ly/Freedom2vote

07/29/2021

Our right to vote is under attack. Join our partners and us TONIGHT, on July 29, 2021, at 6:30 pm to discuss the Michigan voter suppression legislation introduced in the Michigan State Senate. Click below to attend.
https://bit.ly/Freedom2vote

#VoterSuppression #RightToVote

Congrats to Director Johnson on this new role! He was an incredible asset to our work on the Michigan Legislative Black ...
07/27/2021

Congrats to Director Johnson on this new role! He was an incredible asset to our work on the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and I’m excited to see him combat discrimination and promote compliance with civil rights laws as the new Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights!

On Monday, July 26, 2021 the Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted unanimously to appoint John E. Johnson, Jr. Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/xupy63ak

07/27/2021

Here at Fort Michilmackinac state park for the Lummi Nation Totem Pole stop in Michigan, on the #redroadtodc. Visit redroadtodc.org for more info.

07/26/2021

Exciting sights and sounds at Pipefitters Local 636 Detroit in Troy - the smells are evocative of my college days on the shop floor at NIT,Warangal!

Congratulations to Troy School District’s Ryan Werenka on being named Michigan History Teacher of the Year!Teachers ofte...
07/21/2021
THS Teacher Ryan Werenka Named Michigan History Teacher of 2021

Congratulations to Troy School District’s Ryan Werenka on being named Michigan History Teacher of the Year!

Teachers often don’t get the recognition they deserve, but thankfully that’s not the case here. Thank you, Mr. Werenka, for all the work you do to make a difference in your students' lives. Troy High School is lucky to have you!

One of your neighbors posted in Schools. Click through to read what they have to say. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)

Today when I was out knocking doors, I got to wish a neighbor Eid Mubarak in person! To all who celebrate Eid al Adha, E...
07/21/2021

Today when I was out knocking doors, I got to wish a neighbor Eid Mubarak in person! To all who celebrate Eid al Adha, Eid Mubarak!

Today when I was out knocking doors, I got to wish a neighbor Eid Mubarak in person! To all who celebrate Eid al Adha, Eid Mubarak!

Thank you, Representative Haley Stevens, for securing $1.5 million in federal funds for the city of Troy!This money has ...
07/20/2021

Thank you, Representative Haley Stevens, for securing $1.5 million in federal funds for the city of Troy!

This money has been earmarked to establish the Troy Community Pavilion. The pandemic has highlighted the city’s need for a large outdoor public gathering space to safely host events and remain economically competitive. The proposed pavilion will host events such as farmers markets, concerts, art showcases, ice skating, and other incredible economic opportunities for the city!

Thrilled to have secured nearly 18 million dollars of federal funding for ten community projects across Michigan’s 11th District! We have already highlighted some projects and will continue to do so throughout the upcoming week. You can read more about them here: https://stevens.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-stevens-secures-17807600-federal-funding-michigan-s-11th-congressional

Raising kids can be expensive, and the #ChildTaxCredit is here to help. To support families with children, President Bid...
07/19/2021
The Child Tax Credit | The White House

Raising kids can be expensive, and the #ChildTaxCredit is here to help. To support families with children, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit full benefit to $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17.

If you filed your 2020 taxes this year or filed your 2019 taxes last year, or used the IRS “Non-Filer Portal” to get a stimulus check last year, you don’t need to do anything. The IRS will automatically send you a monthly payment by direct deposit or check.

If you didn’t file taxes in the last 2 years, you just need to fill out a simple form available at www.childtaxcredit.gov.

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. The Child...

For all my fellow car lovers: DADA will host two events in lieu of a 2021 North American International Auto Show:Motor C...
07/18/2021
Chicago just held an auto show. Detroit nixed its show. Here's why that's good

For all my fellow car lovers:
DADA will host two events in lieu of a 2021 North American International Auto Show:

Motor City Car Crawl, spanning six downtown parks, is Aug. 5-8.

Motor Bella, at the M1 Concourse private track and luxury garage development in Pontiac, is Sept. 21-26.

The fun starts for me on Sunday, Aug 1 when I volunteer at the #troytrafficjam - a classic car show. (More at www.troyhistoricvillage.org/troy-traffic-jam-registration/) and of course the Dream Cruise on Aug. 21!

Car lovers and shoppers are eager to see new innovative vehicles like the Ford Maverick, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Toyota Corolla Cross and VW Golf GTI.

Great time at Jaycee Park with Bharatiya Temple friends and fellow volunteers - the best part: meeting the kids, who wer...
07/17/2021

Great time at Jaycee Park with Bharatiya Temple friends and fellow volunteers - the best part: meeting the kids, who were excited to meet their state Rep., and answering their questions. Being accessible to my youngest constituents is so rewarding!

Great time at Jaycee Park with Bharatiya Temple friends and fellow volunteers - the best part: meeting the kids, who were excited to meet their state Rep., and answering their questions. Being accessible to my youngest constituents is so rewarding!

07/16/2021
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a budget for preK-12 schools that makes historic investments and closes the funding gap...
07/15/2021
Kuppa on Whitmer Signing School Aid Budget

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a budget for preK-12 schools that makes historic investments and closes the funding gap between districts.

My statement: https://housedems.com/kuppa-on-whitmer-signing-school-aid-budget/

LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2021 — State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a budget for preK-12 schools that makes historic investments and closes the funding gap between districts: “This budget is a sign of what we can accomplish when we pu...

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How can we get a “No patient left alone” bill here in Michigan like they have in other states? It’s been almost 1 year since we have been allowed in to visit our loved ones in assisted Living and nursing homes, and sometimes ER and the hospital. They need our support and they can’t get that through a window or phone call visit. My dad needs to hold my moms hand 💗 Please help.
PLEASE contact your State Representative and ask them to co-sponsor Lilliana's Law. You can find your state representative by clicking this link: https://www.house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindaRep.aspx PLEASE SHARE THIRD TIME IS A CHARM! This upcoming week, (possibly Thursday) Representative Ryan Berman will be reintroducing Lilliana's Law. This law would require school districts ( public and private) to have yearly school inspections. I'm asking everyone to reach out to their state representative to support and co-sponsor the upcoming law. representative Ryan Berman will also be sending a mass email to all state representatives. We need your help. In one week, January 20th will be four years since Lilliana lost her life while attending a school program. A 350-pound A-framed table that was recalled fell on my three-year-old little girl. In these years I've been fighting for this not to happen to your child. Lilliana was the SECOND child to have lost her life this way. In other cases where families have lost their children were a falling flag pole, collapsed wall, and electrocution. Those were the cases I found and does not include survivors. Please help. I can not do this alone and I would like a piece of mind sending my surviving children to school and yours. OUR CHILDREN DIDNT DIE FROM FREAK ACCIDENTS. LillianasLaw.com
మీరు మిషిగాన్ రాష్ట్ర ప్రతినిధిగా ఎన్నికైనట్లు వార్తా పత్రికల ద్వారా తెలిసింది. భారత దేశంలో పుట్టి తెలుగు రాష్ట్రంలో విద్యాభ్యాసం చేసిన మీరు స్వశక్తితో అత్యున్నత శిఖరాలు అధిరోహించడం ముదావహం-ప్రసంశానీయం. మీకు నా హృదయ పూర్వక అభినందనలు. గొట్టు ముక్కుల బ్రహ్మానందం, విశ్రాంత తెలుగు ఉపన్యాసకుడు, హైదరాబాదు.
Congratulations State Rep. Padma Kuppa 🗳
Did you really just vote to defund the police?? Please share why??
MICHIGAN SAYS NO TO VOTE BY MAIL. THIS WOULD LEAD TO FRAUD.
Hello! I am reaching out as my family is in desperate need of assistance and heard this would be my best option. I have reached out to governor and rep with no progression. As well as UIA and SS. nearing 100 or more calls daily. - have not received taxes (suppose to be coming in mail- not traceable) - have not received stimulus (husbands portion went to child support and mine is MIA) -have not received UIA payment ( approved yet "non monetary issue" since April) - have not received child support - can not get a job, dr. has me off work - can not receive cash assistance (you would need to be part of 40 hour a week program to seek employment) - can not get disability until dr./testing process is complete - husband lost his job due to covid just recently- his UIA has been " approved- non monerary issue" as well caring for a full family and less than zero income due to covid is just about crippling us. I have been keeping kooth and having faith until now.. our lease was up last month, my sons birthday is in two days, our phones are off and have no clue how to make ends meet. I have reached out to the news and will continue to try and reach any able human being who can assist.
Good to see you, State Rep. Padma Kuppa Thanks for standing up to the BLM cause today at Troy.
This post is not intended to be political at all. I agree that the Shelter in Place and closing of schools was needed at the time given the uncertainties and unknowns at the time. However, given what we know now, the purpose of this post is to advocate for the reopening of the schools in the Fall of 2020 for the following reasons. 1. Shelter in place was never designed to prevent everyone from getting exposed to COVID. 2. Shelter in place was implemented to control the capacity issues at our hospitals. 3. Currently - our health system capacity is under control. 4. Therefore, unless you are planning on sheltering in place for 2 years, we need to get used to living with Corona virus. 5. There is ZERO evidence that Coronavirus is statistically dangerous to children. The H1N1 flu is contracted at a much higher rate than Coronavirus (as to children) 6. While the teachers have done a great job with online schooling, it is not the same. The children need to go to school to learn, to socialize and to build their immune systems. 7. The larger concern is the safety of the administrative staff, teachers and employees. Obviously safety guidelines will need to be implemented and staff in high risk pools may have to stay home. 8. Even if 5-10% of the staff had to stay home for safety that is better than 100% of children being home-schooled. Just one constituent's opinion.
When a constituent asks a valid question in a polite way it gets censored? Interesting
Thank you for deleting my comment and not answering my question.
Thank you Representative Kuppa for keeping me out of business for another 15 days. Can you please explain to me why legal services and real estate services can't operate in a safe manner?