Rayapati Sambasiva Rao is a politician from Indian National Congress. He was also a businessman, educationist and social worker. Sambasiva Rao was born on June 7, 1943 at Unguturu, Guntur Dist, Andhra Pradesh, India. His parents are 'Venkata Ranga Rao' and 'Seetha Ramamma', he was born in a a farmers family. Sambasiva Rao married 'Leela Kumari', this pair having one son and two daughters. He was graduated B.Sc. at New Science College, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
1982-88: Member of Rajya Sabha, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Commerce, Consultative Committee, Shipping and Transport, Treasurer
1991-94: Chairman Committee on Implementation of 20 – Point Programme, Government of A.P.
1996-98: Member, 11th Loksabha
1998-99: Member 12th Lok Sabha, Committee on Public Under Takings, Standing Committee Finance, Tobacco Board
2004: Member 14th Lok Sabha Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources Member, Consultative Committee for Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Sambasiva Rao was a member of the 'Rajya Sabha' from 1982 to 1988, member of the 11th Lok Sabha from 1996-98, 12th Lok Sabha from 1998 to 99 and 14th Lok Sabha since 2004 on wards. He was Chairman of the committee for implementation of the 20 point programme in 1991 - 94. Sambasiva Rao has been Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources since 2004. He was a member of several Parliamentary Standing Committees and consultative committees and 'Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam'. He was the Treasurer of the 'APCC' in 1985 and General Secretary in 1988.
Sambasiva Rao is involved in tobacco cultivation and trade and he is the Chairman of the 'Jayalakshmi Group of Companies' leading exporters of Tobacco and 'Jayalakshmi Spinning Mills Limited', Guntur. Sambasiva Rao is the recipient of President of India’s Merit Certificate for best performance in tobacco exports and he was 'Vice Chairman' of the Tobacco Board for two terms.
As A Educationalist
Sambasiva Rao is associated with 'Nagarjuna Educational Society' which managers a chain of reputed educational institutions including the RVR Engineering College, Law College, College of Education, and a degree college.