As the waiting game to know who the next President of the United States will be, let’s just start counting the South Asians who have successfully made it to office this time around.
While we are seeing some of the old faces in the House of Representatives, some young new faces have also cropped up in the Assemblies in various States.
All the four Indian-American Democratic lawmakers — Dr. Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, and Raja Krishnamoorthi — have been re-elected to the House of Representatives.
The so-called ‘Samosa Caucus’, a term coined by Mr. Krishnamoorthi for informal grouping of Indian-American lawmakers, might expand with at least one more as physician Dr. Hiral Tipirneni was leading against Republican incumbent David Schweikert from the sixth Congressional district of Arizona when last reports came in.
On the other hand, two Indian Americans were elected to the New York State Assembly — making them the first South Asians voted into the lower house of the State Legislature.
38-year-old Jenifer Rajkumar is a Stanford-educated lawyer and an immigrant rights advocate, will represent New York City in the New York State Assembly, representing the 38th Assembly district, which includes Woodhaven, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Glendale, and won with 66 percent of votes.
The 29-year-old, Zohran Kwame Mamdani, son of Indian American filmmaker, Mira Nair, and Ugandan academician Mahmood Mamdani, ran unopposed to represent New York’s 36th Assembly District in Astoria. He won with won 72 percent votes.
Mamdani was born in Kampala (Uganda) but his family moved to New York City when he was seven-year-old. He graduated from Bowdoin College, and currently works as a housing counsellor, and aids immigrant families facing eviction retain their homes. Tweeting the news of his victory, he wrote, “It’s official: we won. I’m going to Albany to fight to tax the rich, heal the sick, house the poor & build a socialist New York. But I can’t do it alone. To win socialism, we’ll need a mass movement of the multiracial working class as well. So let’s build one. Join @nycDSA.”
This is a developing story and we will be updating this piece as more news comes in.
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