Harry Sidhu was elected to the Anaheim City Council in November 2004, and is currently Mayor Pro Tem, having also served as Mayor Pro Tem from December 2009-December 2011. Prior to serving on the Anaheim City Council, Sidhu was Chairman of the City of Anaheim Budget Advisory Commission. He is also an Orange County Water District Director, Orange County Sanitation District Alternate Director, and serves on the City of Anaheim Audit Committee.
Sidhu is an Anaheim resident and leader who cares deeply about his community and the people living in it. He is committed to encouraging a thriving business culture and economic development in the region that will create jobs, housing, and meet the needs of the taxpayers. His achievements while in office include initiating a free annual health fair in the City, supporting a charter amendment which was placed on the November 2006 ballot to forever prohibit eminent domain abuse in the City of Anaheim, and implementing an annual Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo.
Sidhu is honored to have been elected to serve as an Anaheim City Council Member - the first person of Indian heritage to have achieved this position. Born and raised in India, Sidhu immigrated to the United States in 1974 with his parents as a permanent resident, settling in Philadelphia, Pa., where he completed his education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.
In 1979, Sidhu became a United States citizen, and in 1980, he left the Philadelphia area and moved to California where he began his professional life as a consulting engineer with Rockwell International and General Dynamics, and as a U.S. Defense Industry Engineer for Hughes Aircraft. During that period, Sidhu became a licensed Professional Engineer - a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, and obtained a General Contractor’s License (B). He is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
Sidhu understands the value of honest, hard work. He worked his way through college, and started a small business that began with a single restaurant. Sidhu is now recognized as a successful California businessman and owner of restaurants in Orange County. He and his wife, Gin, have two children.
His community involvement includes the following: Community Advisory Board Member, Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim; Advisory Board Member, Anaheim Family YMCA; Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Member; Anaheim Small Business Chamber Committee Member; Orange County Republican Party, Deputy Chairman, City of Anaheim; Anaheim Youth Soccer coach; charity fundraiser and sponsor of children's sports; supporter of the arts and arts education; and many civic activities.