The Rising Impact Of Indians in American Politics

By Krittika | August 20th, 2018  

If you live in the United States of America, I think we would all agree there seems to be a lot of chatter coming from the political sphere. While, one can argue that American politics has always been very active, it does seem like lately a lot more people are engaged, involved, or aware. 

One unique result of the current state of American politics is the number of Indian Americans running for or in office. An ABC news report stated that nearly 100 Indian American candidates are running for office during this midterm elections. The vast majorities running as democrats.  

While, Indians in America are typically associated with Success in the fields of medical, technology, and business, it is interesting to see the rising impact that we are starting to make in the political arena. Per ABC news “Indian Americans constitute 1% of the U.S. population and 1% of the U.S. Congress.”

So, we wanted to take a moment and highlight some major players that you should be in the know of. 

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Kamala Harris - Democratic United States Senator from the State of California

  • First Indian American in the U.S. Senate and first African American senator from California.

  • Former Attorney General of California and San Francisco District Attorney (first district attorney in the U.S. of Indian descent).

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Seema Verma - first Indian-American female administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Rohit "Ro" Khanna, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 17th Congressional District

·       Former Deputy Assistant at the U.S. Department of Commerce

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Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)- Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois 8th Congressional District 7  

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Nikki Haley – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and the First female Governor of South Carolina.

Seema Verma - first Indian-American female administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Pramila Jayapal, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th Congressional District

  • First Indian American in the U.S. Congress.

  • Former member of the Washington State Senate.

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Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)- Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 7th Congressional District

·      Former Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County

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Ajit Pai - Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and first Indian American to hold that position.