Five Indian-Americans bag five US Congressional seats
Indian-Americans have bagged five congressional seats in the 2016 US elections, marking a new high for a minority that is the country’s richest ethnic group.
Among the winners was California’s attorney general Kamala Harris, who won her Senate race, also a first for the Indian-American community. The others were Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Pramila Jaypal and Ami Bera, all elected to the House of Representatives.
All five are Democrats, and three of them are from one state, California — Harris, Bera and Khanna, whose constituency, District No 17, is home to Silicon Valley. Krishnamoorthi won in Illinois and Jayapal in Washington.
This is the first time Indian-Americans have won over one seat in the Congress, going back to the 1950s, when Dalip Singh Saund, a Democrat, became the first member of the community ever elected to the House. He served three terms.
Bobby Jindal, a Republican who became the second Indian-American to make it, was also the lone member of the chamber from his community. He served two terms before running for governor of Louisiana. He won two terms.
Bera, the third, was the only Indian-American in the last House.