Jitendra “JD” Diganvker is running for Illinois 8th Congressional District to give a voice to hard-working, middle-class Americans often ignored by career politicians in Washington.
As a small businessman, JD understands the struggles of everyday Americans because he has faced those same challenges himself.
After coming to America seeking opportunity, JD faced tremendous personal loss, worked long hours supporting his family all while seeing his entrepreneurial risks succeed and fail. These experiences have given him firsthand knowledge of how government gets in the way of the economy, restricting small businesses and job creators.
Born in India into a hard-working family, JD’s father was a government officer and his mother a teacher. He graduated from Shah N. H. Commerce College with a degree in Business Management and Advanced Accounting. In 1995, JD immigrated to the United States to pursue his American dream. He got a job working at a small retail store in Chicago, then worked as a ticket auditor for United Airlines.
JD became an American citizen on February 4th, 2003, and after years of hard work and saving money he launched his first business in Streamwood, Illinois. Along with his wife Nalini, JD grew the company by more 230% over a 7 year period with 5 full-time employees. Despite the growth, the business faced some the same challenges as many others around the country. High taxes, rising healthcare costs and burdensome government regulations got in the way of growth.
Never one to quit, JD launched a successful credit card processing firm based in Schaumburg, which provides processing services to all types of businesses.
While JD has always had a passion for service, dating back to his days in school when he advocated for student issues, his drive to support others can be traced back to a family tragedy in February of 1999.
One winter morning, while he and his wife, Nalini, were at work, his father-in-law was at home watching their two young daughters. An electricity short-circuited and started a fire, causing the tragic demise of all three. After doctors were unsuccessful in saving his daughters, JD gave consent for his daughters’ organs to be donated, saving 6 lives. JD and his wife take comfort in knowing that lives were saved thanks to their precious daughters, and they thank God for the joy brought into their lives by the birth of their son, Deep, in October of 1999.
This incident drove JD to become the compassionate community servant he is today. He remembers the charitable organizations that supported him and his wife as they struggled to afford their daughters’ funerals and pay the medical bills. As a result, he volunteers tirelessly for the community and has made it his life’s goal to inspire those around him.
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