Indians – Americans Contesting for US Congress

This year, a record number of Indians settled in the United States are venturing out to be a part of the United States House of Representatives. Most of these candidates are professionals who are in the age group of thirties and forties. For all the immigrants and those who are planning to migrate, this is definitely a source of motivation to make it big. This clearly shows that there is no dearth of opportunities for those who want to be successful and be a part of the change. Most of these Indian – Americans are conducting strong and effective campaigns with the help of communities having the ability to spend on resources.

As of now, no Indian – American has been a part of the US Congress. In the past, only two Representatives have made it who are Democrat Dilip Singh Saund from California and Republican Bobby Jindal from Louisiana. Another candidate from the Indian origin was Ashwin Madia from Minnesota who lost the election in 2008.

However, the story has been very different this year. Of the many competing, there are three candidates who seem to be the front runners for the Democrats. This is despite the fact that the party might have losses in the House as well as the Senate.

A record is also being made with the first ever Indian – American woman Representative – Reshma Saujani from New York coming into the picture. Others include Raj Goyle from Kansas, Manan Trivedi and Pia Varma from Pennsylvania, Ravi Sangisetty from Louisian and so on.

One of the above such Democrats include the forty four years old Amerish Bera who is commonly known as Ami. A Physician by profession, he has succeeded in acquiring the party’s nomination for the contest in November.

Ami feels that his Indo – American origin would add as an aid. Almost $140,000 was raised by him that is much more than the amount that his opponent Lungren had raised in 2009. As per him, more than half of his support would come from his Indian community in the United States.

All in all, this is a clear example of being driven and carving a niche for oneself in the new home.

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