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Indian Americans make a mark in US mid-term polls

Five Indian American lawmakers clinched victory during the US mid-term elections and were elected to the US House of Representatives.

The five lawmakers who were elected from the ruling Democrat Party, include Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal and Ami Bera. The Washington Post newspaper on November 11 said that Indian Americans can play an important role in some of the tightly contested races.

Ro Khanna (Democratic Party) is a member of the US House, representing California's 17th Congressional District.

Pramila Jayapal, the only Indian-American woman lawmaker in the House of Representatives expressed her gratitude to the people after winning the elections.

"I am so grateful to the people of Washington's 7th Congressional District for sending me back to Congress. I promise to always fight for each and every one of you," she tweeted.

Ami Bera, who is the longest-serving Indian American in Congress has been representing California's 7th Congressional District since 2013.

Another significant result was seen in Michigan, where Democrat Shri Thanedar became the first India American to win the Congressional elections in Michigan.


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