IAFC congratulates elected Indian Americans

Dallas:  The President of Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC), a national non-profit organization, Dr Prasad Thotakura, has congratulated Indian Americans who got elected in the elections. A record number of six persons of Indian origin – five to the House of Representatives and one to the Senate –have been elected.     

Prasad said in a press release: “We are thrilled to see a record breaking number of Indian Americans got elected for the first time in the US political history — Mr. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mrs. Pramila Jayapal, Mr. Ro Khanna, Dr. Ami Bera, Mrs. Tulsi Gabbard and Mrs. Kamala Harris. We have extended our heartfelt congratulations personally to all the elected officials after their victory.”

IAFC supports and works with the US policy makers on a bipartisan basis and is well known for its efforts in working with US politicians in establishing better and stronger Indo-US relations for several decades. IAFC, which is celebrating its Silver Jubilee in 2017, encourages Indian Americans who contest in US elections irrespective of their party affiliations.

Here is the brief profile of Indian American elected officials on November 8, 2016:

Raja Krishnamoorthi, 43, born in New Delhi, graduated from Princeton University & Harvard Law School; President of Sivananthan Laboratories and Episolar Inc., who contested from Illinois’s 8th US Congressional District, got elected for the first time as member of US Congress as a Democrat with 58% majority over his opponent.

Pramila Jayapal, 51, born in Chennai,  graduated from Northwestern University; Financial Analyst, contested from Washington’s 7th US Congressional District, got elected for the first time as member of US Congress as a Democrat with 57% majority over her opponent.

Ro Khanna, 40, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, graduated from Yale Law School, Lawyer by profession, contested from California’s 17th US Congressional District, got elected for the first time as member of US Congress as a Democrat with 60% majority over his opponent.

Dr. Ami Bera, 51, born in Los Angeles, California, US, graduated from University of California, Irvine and Physician by profession, contested from California’s 7th US Congressional District, got elected for the third time as member of US Congress as a Democrat with 51% majority over his opponent.

Tulsi Gabbard, 35, born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S, graduated from Hawaii Pacific University. Former US Army Major, contested from Hawaii’s 2nd US Congressional District, got elected for the third time as member of US Congress as a Democrat with 81% majority over her opponent. Even though Tulsi is not of Indian heritage, she is the first Hindu member of the United States Congress.

Kamala Harris, 52, born in Oakland, California, US, graduated from University of California, current Attorney General of California State, contested as Senator of California got elected for the first time with 63% majority over her opponent.

Kamala is the daughter of an Indian-American mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer specialist, who immigrated from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and a Jamaican American father, Donald Harris, a Stanford University Economics professor.

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