In 2014, he took office as United States Ambassador to India. Earlier in his diplomatic career, he served as the U.S. State Department's Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.
After earning his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University, he received his JD from American University and his LLM from Georgetown.
He worked in Washington, D.C. for the Steptoe & Johnson law firm.
Born in Canada to Indian parents, he grew up primarily in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. His marriage to fellow attorney Melineh Verma produced three children, including twins.
From 2002 until 2007, he was a senior adviser to Democratic U.S. Senator from Nevada Harry Reid.