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Pramila Jayapal on Principles & Values

 

 


First Hindu-American & Indian-American in Congress

Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state senator, has become the first Indian-American woman elected to the House of Representatives, and alongside California's Kamala Harris, one of the first two Indian-American women to be elected to Congress. [Along with Representative-elect Raja Krishnamoorthi, elected same day, they will be first Hindu-Americans in Congress].

Jayapal beat her opponent in a landslide victory, winning 57 percent of the vote to his 43 percent. Jayapal was "one of the first 2016 congressional candidates" to earn an endorsement from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who said, ?"When you think of the political revolution, I want you to think about Pramila."

Jayapal wrote, "Thank you for standing up for the values of our country--values that welcomed me as a 16-year-old immigrant." [Several Indian Americans have served in the U.S. House, including Dalip Singh Saund from 1957 to 1963 and current Rep. Ami Bera who was first elected in 2012. But neither was Hindu].

Source: Cosmopolitan Magazine on 2016 Washington House campaign , Nov 8, 2016

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