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Record number of Indian Americans win election to the State Houses, GOPIO and IMPACT to celebrate their victory

November 20, 2020

Winners attending the Zoom Celebration, from l. to r., Top Row: Raghib Allie-Brennan, Niraj Antani, Harry Arora, Jay Chaudhuri, Jeremy Cooney, Nima Kulkarni, Padma Kuppa; Bottom Row: Latha Mangipudi, Ranjeev Puri, Jenifer Jaikumar, Kesha Ram, Dr. Nikil Saval, Dr. Amish Shah and Vandana Slatter

(New York, NY: November 19th, 2020) – A record number of Indian Americans won the election as lawmakers to state houses. Twenty of them from thirteen states won the election as state representatives and senators. In addition, they are a few current representatives whose terms end in 2022 and 2023. New York would have the highest number with two senators and two representatives, followed by Michigan and Washington with three representatives each. New Jersey,  Connecticut and North Carolina have two each and the remaining states with one each. Among the winners, three are Republicans, all the remaining are Democrats. 

The winners at the last election are: 

Connecticut State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan (D), CT 2nd District

Ohio State Rep. Niraj Antani (R) Ohio Senate District 6

Connecticut State Rep. Harry Arora, (R) CT 151st District

North Carolina State Senator Jay Chaudhuri (D), NC State Senate District 15

Jeremy Cooney (D), Rochester, New York, NY State Senate District 56

California State Rep. Ash Kalra (D), CA 27th District

Kentucky State Rep. Nima Kulkarni (D), KY 40th District

Tennessee State Rep. Dr. Sabi Kumar (R), TN 66th District

Michigan State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D),  MI 41st District

Zohran Mamdani (D), NY State Assembly 36th District

New Hampshire State Rep. Latha Mangipudi (D), NH 35th District

NC State Senator Mujtaba A. Mohammed (D), NC State Senate District 38

Ranjeev Puri (D),  Winner of MI House of Representatives 21st District

Jenifer Rajkumar (D),  Winner of NY State Assembly 38th District

Kesha Ram (D), Burlington, Vermont, VT State Senate Chittenden District

Dr. Nikil Saval (D),  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Winner of PA State Senate 1st District

Arizona State Rep. Dr. Amish Shah (D),  AZ 24th District

Washington State Rep. Vandana Slatter (D),  WA 48th District

Shri Thanedar (D),  MI State House of Representatives 3rd District

Senator Kevin Thomas (D),  NY State Senate District 56

 Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) chapters (Manhattan, New York, Central New York, Connecticut, Central Jersey and Virginia) in collaboration with Indian American Impact Fund (IMPACT) are hosting a celebration to honor Indian Americans who won as Representatives and Senators at the recent election to the State Houses in the USA. It will be a Zoom meeting on Friday, Nov. 20th starting at 7.00 p.m. (New York, EST). The opening speaker will be IMPACT Co-Founder Deepak Raj and will be moderated by former Kansas State Representative Raj Goyle, another Co-Founder of the IMPACT. The proceeding will be streamed live by through Facebook and YouTube. The winners will share their campaign experience in winning the election and what they hope to achieve in their new term as a legislators. 

GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, the main coordinator of the event, emphasized the need for Indian Diaspora to come together and help elect more Diaspora candidates at the elections. The event is to celebrate and thank for the hard work by all those who have been elected. 

“As a broad based community organization, we at GOPIO want to provide a bipartisan platform to bring all statewide Indian American elected lawmakers and we are hoping that this would motivate more Indian Americans to join the political leadership process especially young Indian Americans,” said Dr. Thomas Abraham.

Media partners are The Indus TV, PIO TV and UNI TV, and will be streamed live through Facebook and YouTube.

One can join the zoom at www.zoom.com and use the Meeting ID: 709 536 8686, Passcode: gopio


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