Born in India and raised in the UK, New York and North Carolina, Harmeet K. Dhillon now calls San Francisco home. As the newly elected member of the San Francisco Republican County Central Committee, Harmeet has much to offer in helping to build the local party in San Francisco. Harmeet’s Unique Background
Harmeet brings an extraordinary background to this volunteer position. Harmeet’s father, an orthopedic surgeon, moved the family from India, settling briefly in the UK and New York before making North Carolina the final destination for his medical practice. Educated in public schools in North Carolina, Harmeet excelled, entering Dartmouth College at the age of sixteen. At Dartmouth she gained prominence in conservative circles as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth Review
which was, at that time, the most conservative college newspaper in the nation. Scuffles with the liberal college administration over what could and could not be said, gave Harmeet a deep abiding respect for the first amendment and for the civil rights movement which gave all Americans the right to express their political opinions.
After graduating from Dartmouth, Harmeet worked as a journalist for a year for the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC before deciding to study law. While attending the University of Virginia Law School, Harmeet became president of the largest chapter of the Federalist Society which is dedicated to judicial restraint and a federalist system of government. Upon graduation she spent a year as a clerk with a Federal Appeals Court Judge in Baltimore, before moving on to practice law in New York, the UK and finally in the Bay Area. Harmeet moved to San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood in 2003.
In 2004, she sent an email to the Bush/Cheney campaign seeking to volunteer and immediately became involved with the local Party, serving as co-chair of Lawyers for Bush/Cheney’04, general counsel for the San Francisco Young Republicans, a founding member of the California Women’s Leadership Association, Bay Area Chapter, and member of the board of the San Francisco County Republican Women’s Federated club. Harmeet was elected unanimously to the Central Committee to fill a vacancy for the 13th
Assembly District, serving from 2005 to 2006.
For a brief time, Harmeet took a job in New York to be closer to her family in North Carolina. She soon realized that she had left her heart in San Francisco and moved back, setting up her own law practice with an office near Union Square. Living on the crookedest street in the world, she frequently uses her Lombard Street home to host political events.
In addition to serving on the Central Committee, Harmeet is one of twelve delegates picked by Governor Schwarzenegger to represent him at the California Republican Party. Just recently, Harmeet stepped up to be the Republican candidate for State Assembly, representing the 13th
Assembly District (which covers the eastern half of San Francisco). Also vying for this seat left open by a termed-out Mark Leno, is the left-leaning SF Supervisor, Tom Ammiano. Harmeet is a very credible candidate who will clearly articulate Republican principles of lower taxes, limited government, and elimination of wasteful government spending. These issues should make Harmeet an attractive candidate to any voter in the district, regardless of party, who is concerned with the rising cost of government.
Harmeet Dhillon’s leadership is making a difference in San Francisco and we welcome her back to the SFRP.