Indian Americans Score Victories in State Legislatures

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Several Indian American candidates who were running for state legislatures in the Nov. 4 elections won their respective seats.

In Colorado, Republican Janak Joshi won from 16th House District, while Republican Sabi Kumar became the first Indian American in the Tennessee state House of Representatives.

A native of Punjab and graduate of Amritsar MedicalCollege, Kumar has served as a surgeon in Springfield for 37 years.

He was practically assured of the House seat after the withdrawal of his Democratic opponent several weeks ago.

Republican Niraj Antani, 23, became the youngest Ohio state legislator when he defeated Patrick Morris of the Democratic Party from the 42nd state House District.

"I am deeply honored to have been elected your state representative for Ohio's 42nd House District. Thank you all so much for the support.

"I will work hard & fight every day for my constituents in the Ohio House of Representatives. Together, I know that we can create opportunities so all can achieve their American Dream," Antani wrote on his Facebook profile moments after winning the election.

Having graduated from OhioStateUniversity in spring last year with a bachelor's degree in political science, Antani is currently a law student at the University of Dayton.

He is the second Indian American — after Jay Goyal who served three terms from 2006 from the 73rd District — in the Ohio House.

In Connecticut, Republican Prasad Srinivasan, a physician, was re-elected as state representative unopposed.

A graduate of Baroda Medical College, he came to the U.S. in 1975 and did his pediatric residency at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and fellowship in allergy and immunology at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

Democrat Sam Singh was re-elected to Michigan’s House 69 District.

In Maryland, House Majority Leader Kumar Barve and another Indian American Aruna Miller also won their respective seats.

In Washington state, Democrat Pramila Jayapal was elected to the state Senate seat while her party colleague Satpal Sidhu lost to Republican Luanne VanWerven from the state House 42nd District.

Democrat Latha Mangipudi, 43, was also re-elected to the New Hampshire state House from Ward 8 constituency, which has only 165 Indian American voters.

Mangipudi, who has a master’s in speech and hearing from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, works as a speech-language pathologist.

She came to the U.S. in 1986, and has lived in New Hampshire since 1989 with her husband Krishna Mangipudi, a computer professional and two children.

Meanwhile, Ami Bera and Ro Khanna were in a tight race for their respective Congressional seats in California.