· Born in 1969 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
· After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, came to Canada in 1993
· Played an active role in community sports and cultural activities
· Did volunteer work for Revenue Canada
· For the last four years, has been an active member of United Steelworkers of America
· Actively involved in issues of working parents, children, health care and foreign policy
· Married to Jasvir Rai; they have three children
· Has lived in Mississauga for the past 10 years.