Five Indian-Americans Elected to US Congress, Trump Appoints Indian Americans
As a result of the US elections, five Indian Americans were elected to the US Congress.
Kamala Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother who emigrated from Chennai in 1960 and a Jamaican American father. She is a two-term attorney general from California, and created history by winning the US Senate seat from the state.\
Pramila Jayapal won the Congressional seat from Seattle to enter the House of Representatives, the first Indian-American woman to accomplish this feat.
Jayapal entered the US Congress on her maiden try. Born in Chennai, she left India at the age of five for Indonesia, Singapore and eventually for the US.
Raja Krishnamoorthi was also elected to the House of Representatives.
Ro Khanna, a Democrat and former U.S. Commerce Department official whose parents emigrated from India, also won a Congressional seat in California.
Ami Bera was elected for a third successive term which makes him the longest serving Indian-American Congressman ever.
INDIAN AMERICANS SELECTED FOR IMPORTANT ROLES IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
In spite of being a Republican critic, Nikki Haley was Donald Trump's choice as US ambassador to the United Nations. Trump's nomination of South Carolina's 44-year-old governor, Nikki Haley, as US ambassador to the United Nations will be seen as a sign that he is ready to broaden his political base.
This cabinet ranking post ensures that Haley will become a powerful figure in world diplomacy.In this role, she will advise the White House on foreign policy issues and represent the US in discussions with other countries.
The daughter of Indian immigrants and the first woman tapped for Trump's cabinet, Haley will also inject a measure of diversity in a group that until now has consisted solely of white men.
President-elect Donald Trump also selected another Indian-American, Seema Verma, for a high-level post in his administration.
Verma, who has worked closely on healthcare with Vice President-elect Mark Pence in Indiana, will be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, overseeing government health insurance programs. Since Medicare provides insurance for over 46 million retirees and senior citizens and Medicaid, which covers the poor, has about 60 million people enrolled in it, Verma's work will have a considerable effect on the success of the new administration.
"I look forward to helping him tackle our nation's daunting healthcare problems in a responsible and sustainable way," Verma said after Trump's announcement.