While Raja Krishnamoorthi from Illinois, Pramila Jayapal from Washing ton, RoKhanna from California and AmiBera, a lso for California, retained their seats, all the 37 non-incumbent challengers lost thei r bids for the House of Representatives.
“Although I am disappointed that we will not be growing the Samosa Caucus, I’m pleased to see that a number of Indian-Americans won elections to state legislatures and local offices,” Krishnamoorthi told ET in an email interview. In the coming Congress, he hopes to continue serving on the House oversight committee, and is looking forward to Congress increasing its oversight of the Trump administration and making sure “Congress exercises its constitutional role of balance of power as an equal branch of government in the US”.
Representative Krishnamoorthi, who has been re-elected to the US House for a second term, will continue to focus on key immigration policy issues, which impact thousands of Indians in the US and Indian companies, in the new House. One of the sponsors for the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018, he will also continue working to address the green card backlog issue.
“I plan to propose immigration reforms that continue to allow the United States to attract the best and the brightest from al l over the world,” Krishnamoorthi said.
The other big win from the Indian-American community was that of Josh Kaul as attorney general of Wisconsin, making him the only Indian-American elected official to serve in state-wide office in the US.
“The next Congress is likely to take up immigration reform— which impacts Indians and Indian-Americans including undocumented immigrants, H-1B visa holders and their spouses, people stuck in the backlog, and families trying to reunite in America,” said Gautam Raghavan, executive director, Indian American Impact Fund, the organisation which endorsed and supported many of the first-time desi candidates.
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