Member of Parliament (Third Term; Constituency: Rohtak in Haryana State)
Whip of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament)
Poling Chair of Business and Government (Leader-in-Residence), Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Deepender also actively serves on several important bodies in various capacities: Vice-Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society; Member, Council of Indian Institutes of Technology; Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy; Member, Ad hoc Committee on Absenteeism of Members in the Parliament; Vice President, All India Tennis Association; President, Haryana Football Association; President of Haryana Wrestling Association to name a few.
Deepender was first elected to the thirteenth Lok Sabha (in 2005) as an MP from Rohtak (Haryana) at the young age of 27. His unwavering commitment towards education, to creating economic opportunities in his constituency, and for infrastructural and rural development earned him a thumping victory by a record margin of about 4 and a half Lakh votes when he sought re-election to Lok Sabha for the second time in 2009. He continued his winning streak for the third time in 2014 even when his party faced strong anti-incumbency.
In his party, Indian National Congress, Deepender has also been entrusted with the responsibility of Whip in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament). He also leads INC’s Social Media Communications Team.
An engineering graduate from MDU, and an MBA from the prestigious Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (USA), Deepender’s education and diverse corporate experiences (both in India and abroad) give him a good foundation and the worldview to address the growing challenges of today’s India and its future.
Hooda is a third-generation Parliamentarian from a family with a rich political heritage extending over four generations. His father, Ch. Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Chief Minister of Haryana for two terms from Mar 2005 – Oct 2014. Deepender’s grandfather, Ch. Ranbir Singh was a noted freedom fighter, an eminent parliamentarian and one of the founding fathers of India (by virtue of him being a member of the Constituent Assembly of India (1946-1950) which was responsible for drafting the Constitution of India).
Areas of agriculture, energy, India’s economic growth and employment potentials find Deepender’s passionate involvement, both in his constituency and at a broader national level.
Awards & Recognitions:
World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader (YGL) (2011): World Economic Forum named Deepender as a Young Global Leader in the year 2011. Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of leaders under the age of 40 picked each year by the WEF that have already demonstrated their commitment to serve society at large. Only 11 Indians have been recognized so far as WEF’s YGL.
MIT’s Bharat Asmita Jana Pratinidhi Shreshta award (2009): The Young Indian Parliamentarian award is given by the MIT to the best young exponent of parliamentary practices each year. Deepender was awarded in 2009.
Indiana University’s Leader-in-Residence: Deepender has been named a Leader-in-Residence at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington – its Poling Chair of Business and Government. Recipients of Poling Chair, which was established by Harold Poling, a school alumnus and Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO between 1985 and 1994, are given the charge to stimulate discussions in the areas of leadership and interactions between private business and government.