4 Indo-American Politicians Elected to US House and Many More in Midterm Elections
Four Indian-American politicians from the ruling Democratic Party, including Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal, were elected to the US House of Representatives on Wednesday and scores of others won across the country in state legislatures during highly polarized midterm elections.
Indian-American entrepreneur-turned-politician and Democrat Shri Thanedar has become the first Native American to win Michigan’s congressional election, beating Republican candidate Martell Bivings.
Thanedar, 67, currently represents Michigan House’s Third District.
In Illinois’ eighth congressional district, 49-year-old Raja Krishnamoorthi won re-election to the fourth consecutive term by a comfortable margin. He beat his Republican opponent Chris Dargis.
In Silicon Valley, Indo-American Ro Khanna, 46, defeated fellow Republican opponent Ritesh Tandon in California’s 17th congressional district.
Chennai-born congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the only Indian-American female lawmaker in the House of Representatives, defeated her GOP rival Cliff Moon in Washington state’s 7th congressional district.
Khanna, Krishnamoorthi and Jayapal are seeking their fourth consecutive terms.
Ami Bera, 57, the longest-serving Indian-American politician, is seeking his sixth term in the House of Representatives from California’s 7th congressional district. The result has not yet been announced.
Indo-American candidates have also won seats in state legislatures.
In Maryland, Aruna Miller made history by becoming the first Indian-American politician to win the race for lieutenant governor.
Miller, 58, a former delegate to the Maryland House, was on the lieutenant governor’s ticket with Wes Moore – the Democratic governor-elect.
However, Indian-American Sandeep Srivastava lost from Texas’ third congressional district to former Colin County judge Keith Self.
The emergence of a large number of young Indo-American candidates reflects the growing desire of this small ethnic community which is only one percent of the 33.19 crore US population.
Ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Democrats and Republicans reached out to American Indians. The Washington Post newspaper said Friday that Indo-Americans can play a big role in some of the hotly contested races.
“Ahead of midterm elections that could be decided by wafer-thin margins, Democrats hope to capitalize on some of the optimism felt by American Indians, a growing and increasingly vital bloc of voters.” , writes the daily.
The midterm elections will have a significant impact on the direction of the nation, as well as the fate of the person and party in power in the White House.
Currently, the Democrats are in the majority because of the tiebreaking power of Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris, who is ex officio President of the Senate.
The result will influence the rules of the game for the 2024 presidential campaign, and in particular the chances of Donald Trump running again.
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