Indian-American Women Nail It In 2016 US General Elections
Amidst the battle of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton (the first-ever woman candidate of a major political party ) vs. Republican billionaire Donald Trump in the race for the White House, we bring to you names of some Indian-American women politicians who have had their fair share of making this year’s US general elections topnotch.
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Kamala Harris: On Tuesday night, California got the state’s first new US senator. Kamala Harris (52), California’s Attorney General, who became only the second Black woman in history to be elected to the US Senate.
A daughter of an Indian mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a breast cancer specialist, Harris won the Senate race after Barbara Boxer announced her retirement. The Democrat became an early front-runner in a crowded primary field.
Pramila Jayapal: India-born Pramila (51) is on the cusp of becoming first South Asian first and Indian-American woman to be elected to the US Congress. Her smart progressive agenda in the Washington State Senate is notable.
Under Senator Bernie Sanders’ endorsement, the former Democratic presidential aspirant, Pramila is running from the seventh Congressional District of Washington State that encompasses Seattle and its neighbourhood.
Nikki Haley: Haley is the first Indian-American woman governor at the age of 44, who has an impactful national level reach. Two-term South Carolina Governor, Haley is expected to be elected either as vice-chairwoman or chairwoman of the Republican Governor’s Association this month.
In fact, Haley could be a strong nominee in 2020, and is the youngest current governor in the United States.
Neera Tanden: Another Indian-American Clinton voter, Tanden is the president of the Center for American Progress, a top American think-tank, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Clinton Transition team.
A former member of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and an unofficial adviser to its current one, Tanden is also a potential Cabinet nominee in a Clinton administration. She was a key member of the Democratic Platform team.
Huma Abdein: Born to a father who was from India and a mother from Pakistan, Huma is one of Clinton’s closest top aide. Huma is currently vice-chair of Hillary for America, Clinton’s presidential campaign. She is also considered as one of the most powerful individuals in the Clinton Campaign.
Mini Timmaraju: Currently the National Director for NCAPA, a coalition of thirty-four national Asian Pacific American organizations, Mini Timmaraju is another Indian American addition in the Clinton campaign team. Mini Timmaraju is the new women’s outreach Director for Clinton Campaign.
Other than these names, Maya Harris’s name is recognizable as one of the key policy advisors to the Clinton Campaign. Based in California, Shefali Razdan Duggal is a key player in Clinton’s national financial team. She is Democratic National Committee’s National Finance Committee and is a co-chair for the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum. California-based Harmeet Dhillon is the National Committee woman in the Republican National Committee.
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