Indian-origin Americans have arrived big-time on the US election circuit. It’s not just about part-Indian origin Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential candidate of the Democrats. There are scores and scores of other Indian-origin politicians testing their electoral fate in this US election 2020.
Four of the five members of what Americans call the “Samosa Caucus” (a term coined for Indian-American lawmakers by Raja Krishnamoorthi) have won seats in the US election. Voters have re-elected Raja Krishnamoorthi, Pramila Jayapal, Roh Khanna and Ami Bera to the house of representatives.
Here’s a table listing a few of the Indian-origin contestants who made their mark in the US Presidential election 2020, whether or not they won.
|Sr no||Candidate||Party||Running For Office||State||Result|
|1.||Hiral Tipirneni||Democrat||US Congress||Arizona||Leading|
|2.||Amie Bera||Democrat||US Congress||California||Won|
|3.||Ro Khanna||Democrat||US Congress||California||Won|
|4.||Ritesh Tandon||Republican||US Congress||California||Lost|
|5.||Nisha Sharma||Republican||US Congress||California||Lost|
|6.||Sanat Sethy||Mayor, San Ramon||California||Lost|
|7.||Dr Dinesh Govindarao||Mayor, San Ramon||California||Lost|
|8.||Aparna Madireddi||Mayor, San Ramon||California||Lost|
|9.||Susmita Nayak||Mayor, San Ramon||California||Lost|
|10.||Sridhar Verose||Mayor, San Ramon||California||Won|
|11||Rishi Kumar||US Congress||California||Lost|
|12.||Vedica Puri||Superior Court of San Francisco County||California||Won Uncontested|
|13.||Raja Krishnamoorthi||Democrat||US Congress||Illinois||Won|
|14.||Nima Kulkarni||Democrat||House of Representatives||Kentucky||Won|
|15.||Sara Gideon||Democrat||US Senate||Maine||Trailing|
|16.||Padma Kuppa||Democrat||State Representative||Michigan||Awaiting|
|17.||Ranjeev Puri||Democrat||Sate Representative||Michigan||Awaiting|
|18.||Radhika Kunnel||Democrat||State Assembly||Nevada||Awaiting|
|19.||Latha Mangipudi||Democrat||State Representative||New Hampshire||Won|
|20.||Rik Mehta||Republican||US Senate||New Jersey||Lost|
|21.||Rupande Mehta||State Senate||New Jersey||Awaiting|
|22.||Jesal Amin||Republican||Mayor, East Brunswick||New Jersey||Trailing|
|23.||Brajesh Singh||Republican||Mayor, Piscataway||New Jersey||Lost|
|24.||Dhimant Patel||Running mate – Brijesh Singh||New Jersey||Lost|
|25.||Sarita Bhandarkar||Democrat||State Assembly||New York||Lost|
|26.||Ronnie Chatterji||Democrat||Treasurer||North Carolina||Lost|
|27.||Niraj Antani||State Representative||Ohio||Won|
|28.||Pooja Sethi||City Council, Austin||Texas||Lost|
|29.||Sri Preston Kulkarni||Democrat||US Congress||Texas||Lost|
|30.||Kesha Ram||Democrat||State Senate||Vermont||Won|
|31.||Manga Anantatmula||Republican||US Congress||Virginia||Lost|
|32.||Puneet Ahluwalia||Republican||State Lt-Governor||Virginia||Awaiting|
|33.||Pramila Jayapal||Democrat||US Congress||Washington||Won|
|34.||Jay Chaudhuri||Democrat||State Senate||North Carolina||Awaiting|
|35.||Vandana Slatter||Democrat||State Representative||Washington||Awaiting|
29-year-old political science graduate Niraj Antani has become one of the youngest state lawmakers in the US. The Republican who had – at the age of 23 been elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2014 – thereby becoming one of the youngest lawmakers in the US. Now he is the first Indian-American to be elected to the Ohio state Senate.
Antani is currently the State Representative. He defeated Mark Fogel of the Democratic Party on 3 November and was elected as the state Senator for the Ohio Senate’s 6th District, which encompasses most of Montgomery County.
Jenifer Rajkumar of the Democratic Party ran for election to the New York State Assembly to represent District 38 and was on the ballot in the general election on 3 November, 2020. In 2016, she was the Democratic candidate for District 65 of the New York State Assembly but was defeated in the 13 September, 2016, primary election.
Jenifer Rajkumar holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and her JD from Stanford Law School in 2008. She has worked as a lawyer and as an adjunct professor at CUNY and in the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) as New York State’s Director of Immigration Affairs & Special Counsel.
Srinivas Rao Preston Kulkarni (Democratic Party) ran for election to the US House to represent Texas’ 22nd Congressional District. He was on the ballot in the general election on 3 November, 2020.
The Democratic Party’s hopes of flipping District 22 in Texas were dashed when promising Indian American candidate, Kulkarni, a former Foreign Service officer, received 45% of the vote against Republican Tory Nehls’ 52%. The Associated Press called the election of Nehls with 76% of the vote counted. This was Kulkarni’s second attempt. He lost in the 2018 midterm elections.