Congress High Command today has nominated Ms. Renuka Chowdhary to the Rajya Sabha. Former Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Women and Child Development in the Government of India from January 2006 to May 2009. She recently was authorized by the Congress party to take part in TV debates as their spokesperson.
A graduate in B.A. Industrial Psychology from Bangalore University, Bangalore, she entered politics in 1984 as a member the Telugu Desam Party. She was a member of the Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms, from 1986 to 1998. During that period, she was the Chief Whip of the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party. In 1998, she left the TDP to join the Congress party. She continues to be a member of the Congress party. In 1999 and 2004, she was elected to the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha respectively representing Khammam. She was also the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare from 1997 to 1998 in the cabinet of H. D. Deve Gowda. Other important positions she held include memberships of the Committee on Finance (1999–2000) and Committee on the Empowerment of Women (2000–2001). In the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance ministry in May 2004, she became Minister of State for Tourism