A three-time Member of Parliament from the Hamirpur constituency of Himachal Pradesh and the son of a former chief minister of the state, Anurag Thakur is also the chief of the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is the son of Prem Kumar Dhumal. Thakur, who was once the captain of the national Under-19 cricket team and aspired to play for the country’s senior cricket team, ended up in politics about a decade ago when he contested his first election to the Lok Sabha from his father's constituency in 2008. He hasn't lost an election since and even received the Best Young Parliamentarian Award in 2011.
In July 2016, Anurag Thakur became part of the territorial army, becoming the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a regular commissioned Officer in the Territorial army. Thakur was elected the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in May 2016 but was sacked from the post by the Supreme Court of India in January 2017. He faced contempt of court proceedings but was let off after an apology.
Anurag Thakur assumed a lead role in the BJP's campaign for the party's campaign in the 2017 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, in which the party managed to oust the ruling Congress.
On July 18, 2018, the BJP appointed this 43-year-old lawmaker as the party's chief whip in the Lok Sabha — a post that is normally given to a senior lawmaker mandated to enforce party discipline and ensure the party line is followed in Parliament.