Dr. Kiran Velpula

Councilman At-Large, City of Peoria

Dr. Kiran Velpula is an At-large Councilman to the City of Peoria, the first Indian to be seated at the City Council in the 186 years since the incorporation of Peoria. He is an independent voice for Peoria, listens to all sides, and makes decisions based on what's best for Peoria.

He is passionate about talent development in Peoria by working with local educational institutions. He leads efforts to develop a biotech corridor and make Peoria a biotech destination. This includes integrating with the local medical health care system and advocating for public safety, infrastructure improvements, and small business development.

  • Trustee - The City of Peoria
  • Voting Member – Peoria Tourism Reserve Fund
  • Member - The Government Affairs Committee, Peoria Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Director - The Center for Prevention and Abuse
  • Board of Director - Quest Charter Academy
  • Board of Director - The Neighborhood House
  • Board of Director - EP!C, Peoria, IL


  • ELITE - Volunteer of the year - 2021
  • Jaycees Illinois - Top 10 Young Professional of Illinois (Medical Innovation) - 2018
  • VIFA, India - Outstanding Faculty in Science - 2017
  • Peoria Magazines - 40 Leaders under Forty - 2017
  • Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce - Athena Young Professional Leadership Award - 2017

Recent News


22 Jun 2021

Dr. Kiran Velpula sworn in as Peoria’s new At-Large council member

During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Dr. Kieran Velpula took the oath of office and formally filled the previously vacant At-Large council seat left by, now mayor, Dr. Rita Ali....

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22 Jun 2021

Chamber full: Peoria Council swears in new member

PEORIA — Kiran Velpula is one step away from becoming the newest member of the Peoria City Council.....

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14 jun 2021

Velpula ‘Thankful’ For Being Chosen To Fill Peoria City Council Vacancy

Dr. Kiran Velpula is the consensus choice to fill the vacant at-large seat on the Peoria City Council.....

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