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. for graduate school. Kuppa moved to the 41st district more than 20 years ago. Since then, she has worked as an engineer and project manager with a career that spans the automotive, financial, and IT industries. Throughout her life, Kuppa has sought to bring people together to solve problems both in the professional world and in the community. Kuppa has been a civic leader, volunteering with the PTA throughout her children’s K-12 education, founding the Troy-area Interfaith Group, created to bring people of all faiths together, and serving on Troy’s Planning Commission. She is currently President of the Troy Historic Society and a board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. As the first Indian immigrant and Hindu in the State Legislature, she hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the State House.

Operating as usual

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will provide a COVID-19 response update at 1:30pm today. You can join at:Twitter.com/GovWhitme...
01/08/2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will provide a COVID-19 response update at 1:30pm today. You can join at:
Twitter.com/GovWhitmer
Facebook.com/GovGretchenWhitmer

ICYMI: Thanks to our healthcare workers, we are moving to the next phase of vaccinating Michiganders. Anyone 65+ and fro...
01/07/2021

ICYMI: Thanks to our healthcare workers, we are moving to the next phase of vaccinating Michiganders. Anyone 65+ and frontline workers like teachers and childcare workers can receive the vaccine starting Jan. 11. Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVACCINE for more info!

01/07/2021
Michigan United

Join below to watch my colleagues and I address yesterday’s shameful and tragic events in DC. 👇

01/06/2021

The right to peacefully protest is a cornerstone of our democracy. However, what we are seeing in DC right now is anything but peaceful. In this country, we do not govern through violence. Election concerns have been hashed out in the courts, and now it is time for Congress members to complete the final formalities of the 2020 election cycle. For individuals to impede the peaceful transition of power in this way is a waste of tax dollars at best and also a threat to public safety. Hoping DC police officers, journalists, and residents are able to return home safe tonight.

Very happy to see these evidence-based criminal justice reform initiatives signed into law. There’s always more work to ...
01/05/2021
Whitmer signs bills to curb license suspensions, dozens of criminal justice reforms

Very happy to see these evidence-based criminal justice reform initiatives signed into law. There’s always more work to be done to make our criminal justice system more fair and effective, and also to relieve the burden that mass incarceration places on taxpayers, but it’s great to start the year on the right foot!

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills to reform Michigan's criminal justice system including a bill that curbs driver's license suspensions.

Thank you Michigan Policast for having me on your podcast to discuss my Election Reform bill package (HB 6523-6525)!
01/04/2021
COVID, vetoes, predictions, election reform w/Padma Kuppa

Thank you Michigan Policast for having me on your podcast to discuss my Election Reform bill package (HB 6523-6525)!

Gov Whitmer blocks use of general funds to pay unemployment benefits, HouseDems introduce election reform bills, Weisner v Cox for MIGOP Chair

A new year is like a fresh, clean start. It’s like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on, full of possibilities! ...
12/31/2020

A new year is like a fresh, clean start. It’s like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on, full of possibilities! Let's put the difficulties of 2020 behind us - here's wishing everyone a happy 2021!

This past week, I presented our Troy and Clawson Small Business of the Month for December to Uncle Luke's Feed Store and...
12/30/2020

This past week, I presented our Troy and Clawson Small Business of the Month for December to Uncle Luke's Feed Store and Kahve House! I had a great time meeting the staff at Luke’s, and I always enjoy stopping in at Kahve to get a coffee. I encourage everyone to stop by Luke’s and Kahve to support our local small businesses!

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to apply for Futures for Frontliners, a program that offers free tuition and services...
12/30/2020

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to apply for Futures for Frontliners, a program that offers free tuition and services for essential workers without a college degree or a high school diploma. If you are a frontline worker thinking about going back to school either full-or part-time while you work to pursue a career or personal dream, do it today!

Learn more at http://michigan.gov/Frontliners

Happy Kwanzaa to all those celebrating! #HabariGani?  Want something to do? Join the Wright Museum's virtual celebration...
12/26/2020
Kwanzaa with The Wright! | The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Happy Kwanzaa to all those celebrating! #HabariGani? Want something to do? Join the Wright Museum's virtual celebration of this holiday centered on history, values, family, community and culture of the African American community at https://www.thewright.org/kwanzaa-2020.

HABARI GANI? Welcome to our virtual celebration of Kwanzaa! Each night, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will stream songs and dances, storytelling, poetry reading, and more to mark the occasion. Be prepared to take in the festive sights and sounds of the holiday, and replica...

Monday was the last day of the 101st Session; Tuesday, the legislative team and I began laying out our plans for the sec...
12/24/2020

Monday was the last day of the 101st Session; Tuesday, the legislative team and I began laying out our plans for the second term, and yesterday, my family continued our tradition of cookie baking & giving. On this Christmas Eve, we wish everyone a safe, happy holiday season: video call your loved ones, open presents over FaceTime or Zoom, and bake your favorite holiday treats - and make sure to leave some out for Santa!

Yesterday, I got sworn in for my second term as the State Representative for Michigan House District 41, representing th...
12/18/2020

Yesterday, I got sworn in for my second term as the State Representative for Michigan House District 41, representing the communities of Troy and Clawson. It has been an honor to serve the constituents of HD 41 these past two years in the 100th Michigan Legislature, and I am so excited for the next two in the 101st. Thank you, HD 41!

As session goes into the night, I hope that those who celebrate had a great last day of Hanukkah!
12/18/2020

As session goes into the night, I hope that those who celebrate had a great last day of Hanukkah!

I will miss Brian Elder, my seatmate in the 100th Legislative session - we’re in seats 109 and 110 of the House chamber....
12/17/2020

I will miss Brian Elder, my seatmate in the 100th Legislative session - we’re in seats 109 and 110 of the House chamber. On our last days together in Lame Duck 2020, we stood side by side to repeat the last phrase of the Pledge of Allegiance, as we have done since Jan. 2019.
“Justice for ALL!”

The first really cold days of winter can be a real shock to the system. Don’t forget these cold weather tips:- Bundle up...
12/16/2020

The first really cold days of winter can be a real shock to the system. Don’t forget these cold weather tips:

- Bundle up head to toe
- Dress in layers
- Keep a blanket in your car for emergencies
- Make sure you bring your pets inside as the temperatures continue to fall. Pets need warm shelter and fresh water. Also remember to use pet friendly salt to melt the ice from your driveway and sidewalks.

On this day in 1791, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, were ratified. Today we cele...
12/16/2020

On this day in 1791, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, were ratified. Today we celebrate the anniversary of the ratification of all ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights and lay out the basic rights and freedoms we are all entitled to as Americans.

In co-sponsoring HR 344, I am proud to join my colleague State Representative Nate Shannon in calling for educators and ...
12/15/2020

In co-sponsoring HR 344, I am proud to join my colleague State Representative Nate Shannon in calling for educators and other school personnel to be prioritized for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Energy usage is a huge contributor to global warming. This World Energy Conservation Day, there are several ways to cons...
12/14/2020

Energy usage is a huge contributor to global warming. This World Energy Conservation Day, there are several ways to conserve energy and help the planet. You can limit your energy usage during peak times, turn off lights and fans when they aren’t needed, and lower the temperature by a couple degrees in your house!

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month! As you’re purchasing gifts for the loved ones in your life, make sure ev...
12/13/2020

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month! As you’re purchasing gifts for the loved ones in your life, make sure everything is age and skill-level appropriate to prevent a potential safety risk.

12/12/2020

Keeping Michiganders healthy includes making sure we all have a safe place to rest our heads at night. The MSHDA Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) is helping both tenants and landlords receive the financial support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about how the EDP is keeping Michiganders in their homes, visit: Michigan.gov/MSHDA

12/11/2020

Time for our Facebook live!

Join me for a Facebook Live Q&A tonight at 6:00pm! Hope to see you there: https://rb.gy/sfz1lu
12/11/2020

Join me for a Facebook Live Q&A tonight at 6:00pm! Hope to see you there: https://rb.gy/sfz1lu

Applications for Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative grants go live on Dec. 15 at 9am to support small busine...
12/11/2020
Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative | Michigan Business

Applications for Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative grants go live on Dec. 15 at 9am to support small businesses disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 crisis & recent DHHS epidemic orders. Learn more at www.michiganbusiness.org/relief

The program will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted the COVID-19 virus.

Haven’t finished raking leaves? Do it this weekend... In Clawson, Tringali will stop picking up Yard Waste after Wednesd...
12/11/2020

Haven’t finished raking leaves? Do it this weekend... In Clawson, Tringali will stop picking up Yard Waste after Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Details here: https://www.cityofclawson.com/your_government/dpw_and_engineering/leaves_brush_and_logs.php
And Troy info is below.

Yard waste collection ends the week of December 14. Routes begin at 7am so please have your items at the curb the day before or before 7am the morning of your collection day.

Human Rights Day is held annually to work towards a world where everyone is treated equally. No matter your race, gender...
12/10/2020

Human Rights Day is held annually to work towards a world where everyone is treated equally. No matter your race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion, you are entitled to basic human rights. #StandUp4HumanRights

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to everyone that is celebrating, may you have a safe and joyous 8...
12/10/2020

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to everyone that is celebrating, may you have a safe and joyous 8 nights!

House Democratic Leader Christine Greig and Leader-Elect Donna Lasinski Call for Civility and an Immediate End of the Di...
12/10/2020
House Democratic Leader Christine Greig and Leader-Elect Donna Lasinski Call for Civility and an Immediate End of the Divisive Rhetoric, Threats of Violence and Partisan Political Theater

House Democratic Leader Christine Greig and Leader-Elect Donna Lasinski Call for Civility and an Immediate End of the Divisive Rhetoric, Threats of Violence and Partisan Political Theater

“There is no doubt that this election cycle has been rife with hyperpartisan political rhetoric, theatrics and dangerous threats of violence toward elected and public officials and their loved ones which continue to escalate amid the most significant public health crisis in our state and country. ...

Our latest e-newsletter went out this morning with useful information and links like this one. Please sign up for futu...
12/09/2020
Pure Partnership | Michigan Business

Our latest e-newsletter went out this morning with useful information and links like this one. Please sign up for future ones, and make sure to check out our past newsletter at kuppa.housedems.com!

MEDC is here to help Michigan businesses. Through a range of programs, services and connections, MEDC can help your business reach its new potential.

It’s National Flu Vaccination Week. As hospitals and frontline workers continue to be under stress due to COVID-19, this...
12/08/2020

It’s National Flu Vaccination Week. As hospitals and frontline workers continue to be under stress due to COVID-19, this year is more important than ever to get you and your whole family a flu shot. #FightFlu and find a location near you at http://vaccinefinder.org!

Here’s the attendee link: https://bit.ly/37nf2so for Meeting 4 of the Prescription Drug Task Force; we are discussing Le...
12/07/2020
Join conversation

Here’s the attendee link: https://bit.ly/37nf2so for Meeting 4 of the Prescription Drug Task Force; we are discussing Legislative and Administrative Actions to Lower Drug Prices, with Rep. Hank Vaupel, chair of the House Health committee is talking about a bill package on this topic HB 4937-45.

I’m attending from 1 – 3 p.m., and look forward to taking action so we can reduce the cost of prescription medications for the people of HD 41 and across Michigan.

12/07/2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff today, to honor the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. #unity #pearlharbor

Great day connecting with constituents - out and about supporting local businesses, shopping for stocking stuffers- and ...
12/06/2020

Great day connecting with constituents - out and about supporting local businesses, shopping for stocking stuffers- and decorating trees at home and in #HD41!

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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?
Message is re-post, but my sentiments exactly Some thoughts from Michael Bane: I am tired of heart-rending stories of people being sick, tired of hearing that I must unconditionally rely on experts whose models have been repeatedly proven wrong, tired of hearing that every place in this country is exactly the same an New York City, tired of hearing about how I lack the brains to understand this that or the other, tired of hearing from medical personnel raging about my ignorance while hospitals in my area are laying-off staff, tired of the endless "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE ON TUESDAY UNLESS YOU STOP GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE!" hysterics from every media outlet, tired of hearing that if I step out my door without a mask half the elderly population of America (of which I am one, BTW) will immediately take sick and die, tired of hearing about "what's wrong with staying home and watching Netflix?" when my friends and family members are losing everything they worked their entire lives for...and on and on. Some points from my side: • The draconian lockdown provisions were presented to us as necessary to "flatten the curve," that is, prevent the secondary effect of collapsing the medical system. Not only did the curve flatten, but the models upon which the curves were based were and are being consistently downgraded. • We have now moved the goalposts, as Dr. William Aprill has said, to require the draconian shutdown until "the virus is eliminated" or "until a vaccine is found." • The virus will never be eliminated because it is in the population now and at a much higher level than predicted (as per the newest studies). Viruses are the predators that HUNT US, and they are very good at it. There are diseases we have fought on a world-wide basis for more than a century and they are still with us. Diseases that we were confident had been eliminated from the planet are now prowling the LA and San Fran homeless camps. • While we and our allies have the most sophisticated medical research facilities on the planet, a vaccine is still not a slam-dunk. We've been searching for a common cold vaccine for a century; influenza vaccines work about 50% of the time. • QED...if we keep the country shut down until we "eliminate the virus" or "find a vaccine," we may well be keeping the country shut down forever. • There are underlying political agendas at work, and those agendas REQUIRE a worst-case shut-down for them to have a chance of succeeding...e.g. beating Trump, e.g. slipping Democratic talking point actions in to relief bills, bailing out pension funds and white elephants like the Kennedy Center and PBS/NPR..."never let a crisis go to waste." • Finally, the notion that somehow my job is to keep you safe. What part of "YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN" do you not understand? My job is to keep me and mine safe. Your job is to keep you and yours safe. We are not "all in this together." New York subways and buses — essentially mobile virus vector delivery systems — are still running; government officials who on their best days are still "tits on a boar" are still being paid; Nancy Pelosi is still eating designer ice cream from a $24,000 freezer. I am in a higher risk group, therefore I stay home, wear an N-95 mask when I go out, wear gloves if I know I'm doing to handle a lot of things, say groceries. I do not need the government to threaten me to get me to do these things, but because I know that I am on my own, and that means I have to take appropriate precautions. • Finally, if we don't find a way to immediately start reopening the country, the country will reopen itself, and that may not be the most optimal solution. Things go on until they can't go on, and then they stop. NUT GRAFS: "There really are two Americas here: Those still getting a paycheck from government, corporations or universities, and those who are unemployed, or seeing their small businesses suffer due to shutdowns. And the America still getting paid is, so far, not showing a whole lot of sympathy for the America that isn’t. ... People don’t appreciate being lectured and condescended to and bossed around. They especially don’t appreciate being urged to sacrifice by people who make no sacrifices themselves. And that’s a different sort of class divide: When rulers ask for sacrifices without making any, they’re displaying a distinct lack of, well, class."
Please check into staff COVID19 testing at hospitals. Sources from a Troy hospital tell me they've received an email letting them know the hospital has a staffer to speak with lawmakers and government officials. The implication being that employees should not contact anyone. Perhaps a contract provision reminder. Their concern is that PPE shortages are getting attention, but the lack of testing for staff is not. They need regular, same day report testing. I'm not in your district. I'm reaching out because they've been told not to. And perhaps inquire how nurses are being furloughed during a pandemic. Thank you, from MI-82.