The bench of Indian-Americans as legislators is growing fast in the US Congress
In a historic breakthrough for the bilateral relationship of the two nations, five Indian-Americans have been sworn in as members of the US Congress.
All five of them are Democrats, two of them, Kamala Harris and Ro Khanna are from California, while the other two, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal are from Illinois and Washington State respectively.
Ami Bera, who was already in Congress, till now the only Indian-American in the 435-member House of Representatives, was joined by the four others, increasing the Indian-American contingent to five members in the Congress.
One of them, Kamala Harris, is the first elected senator from California. Harris, daughter of an Indian mother and African father, has a dual identity: she is both, Indian-American and African-American.
Dalip Singh Saund, a Democrat, became the first Indian-American elected to Congress in year 1956. Forty-eight years later, in 2004, Republican Piyush Bobby Jindal was elected to the House and was later re-elected in 2006. But in 2007, he was elected governor of Louisiana and left Congress. After another five-year gap, Ami Bera was elected to Congress in 2012.
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