5 Indian-Origin Democrats Elected to House of Representatives

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5 Indian-Origin Democrats Elected to House of Representatives

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Four our Indian-origin democrats – Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Dr Ami Bera and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal – have been re-elected to the US House of Representatives.

Shri Thanedar, a Karnataka-born entrepreneur, has also been elected to the House of Representatives in Michigan state legislature in the US Midwest, with 93 per cent votes as a Democrat. A millionaire scientist, Thanedar comes to power after making an unsuccessful bid for governor two years ago.

Raja Krishnamoorthi, 47, who was born in New Delhi, defeated Preston Nelson of the Libertarian Party and bagged nearly 71 percent of the votes cast, PTI reported. This will be his third consecutive term as a lawmaker.

Ro Khanna, 44, won against Ritesh Tandon, 48, of the Republican Party with a margin of more than 50 percentage points making this his third-consecutive win from the 17th Congressional district of California, The Indian Express reported.

Easily winning the seventh Congressional District of California for the fifth consecutive term, Dr Ami Bera defeated the Republican candidate Buzz Paterson by more than 25 per cent points.

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who was born in Chennai, also secured a win against Republican Craig Keller with a huge 70 percentage points in the seventh Congressional district of Washington. This was a third consecutive time winning this election.

The 1.8 million members of the India-American community have also been instrumental in this year’s US Presidential Election.


Most recently, Nithya Raman has secured a win in the Los Angeles City Council in the 4th District, beating incumbent David Ryu’s bid for a second term. Born in Kerela, Raman identifies as an 'immigrant to America' and is trained as an urban planner.

(With inputs from PTI and the Indian Express)

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