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Meet Indian-Americans who won US Midterm elections – from Thanedar to Raja

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Washington: Four Indian-Americans from the ruling Democratic Party, including Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Ro Khanna were elected to the US House of Representatives on Wednesday with many others winning their seats in US midterm elections.

Shri Thanedar

Shri Thanedar, the  67-year-old Indian-American businessman-turned-politician and Democrat, has become the first Indian-American to win Congressional elections from Michigan, beating Republican candidate Martell Bivings. He currently represents Michigan House’s 3rd district.

Raja Krishnamoorthi

49-year-old Raja Krishnamoorthi won re-election to a fourth consecutive term by a comfortable margin in Illinois’s 8th congressional district. He outshined his Republican opponent Chris Dargis.

Ro Khanna

In Silicon Valley, 46-year-old Ro Khanna beat Republican opponent Ritesh Tandon in California’s 17th congressional district.

RO Khanna
Image: RO Khanna/Twitter

Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal, the Chennai-born congresswoman, is the only Indian-American female lawmaker in the House of Representatives, defeated her GOP rival Cliff Moon in Washington state’s 7th Congressional district. Khanna, Krishnamoorthi and Jayapal are seeking their fourth consecutive terms.

Aruna Miller creates history

Meanwhile, the Indian-American candidates have also picked up seats in State legislatures. In Maryland, 58-year-old Aruna Miller created history as she became the first Indian American politician to win the race for Lieutenant Governor.

Indian-Americans shine

The Indian-Americans can play an important role in some of the tightly contested races, The Washington Post newspaper said on Friday.

The Washington Post newspaper on Friday said that Indian-Americans can play an important role in some of the tightly contested races.

“Ahead of mid-term elections that could be decided by razor-thin margins, Democrats are hoping to capitalise on some of the optimism felt by Indian-Americans, a growing and increasingly vital bloc of voters,” the daily wrote.

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