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Nov 08, 2018
7:18AM

Four Indian-American Congressmen from the Democratic party re-elected to the US House of Representatives

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Four Indian-American Congressmen from the Democratic party were re-elected to the US House of Representatives and more than a dozen others won various other races across the country in the highly polarised US midterm elections held Tuesday. 
 
In the Eighth Congressional District of Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi was re-elected for the second term by a comfortable margin of more than 30 percentage points. He defeated his Indian-American Republican opponent JD Diganvker. 
 
Three-term lawmaker Dr Ami Bera was re-elected for a record fourth consecutive time from the Seventh Congressional District of California. He defeated Andrew Grant of the Republican party by a small five per cent margin.
 
In the Silicon Valley, Indian-American Ro Khanna defeated Ron Cohen of the Republican party with a massive 44 percentage point difference in the 17th Congressional District of California.
 
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the only Indian-American woman lawmaker in the House of Representatives, defeated her GOP rival Craig Keller by a massive 66 percentage points.
The US House of Representatives is equivalent to the Lok Sabha in the Indian parliament. Indian-Americans also picked up seats in the State Assemblies.
 
In Wisconsin State, Democratic Josh Kaul created history by becoming the first Indian-American to win the race for Attorney General by defeating incumbent Brad Schimel of the Republican Party.
 
Democratic Nima Kulkarni defeated Joshua Neubert from the GOP to make her maiden entry into the Kentucky Assembly from State District 40. Amish Shah made his maiden entry into the Arizona Assembly from State Legislature District 24. So did, Kevin Thomas from the New York Senate District 6 for the New York State Assembly.
 
Incumbent Jay Chaudhuri, an accomplished entrepreneur, was re-elected to North Carolina Senate from the State Senate District 15. Republican Niraj Atani, 27, registered his third consecutive electoral victory from Ohio House 42nd District. He is the youngest Indian-American elected official in the US. He also is the second Indian-American state elected official in Ohio history, and the first Indian-American Republican.
 
In Washington State, Manka Dhingra and Vandana Slatter were re-elected for the State Senate. Among others re-elected at the State, level are Sabi Kumar in Tennessee and Ash Kalra in California and Kumar Bharve from Maryland.
 
Juli Mathew won the Fort Bend City Court at Law No 3 in Texas, KP George won the race for Fort Bend County Judge in Texas and Shalini Bahl-Milne for the Amherst Town Council District 4 in Massachusetts.
The emergence of a large number of young Indian-Americans candidates reflects the growing desire of this small ethnic community comprising just one per cent of the US population of 32.57 crores.

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