Indian-American politician Aruna Miller, 53, is prepping to enter the House of Representatives, after winning from Maryland, which has an all-male congressional delegation. The US Congress candidate in Maryland is a civil engineer by education.

If elected, Aruna Miller would become the second Indian-American woman to enter the House. The first to do so was Pramila Jayapal from Washington State

Miller came to the US at the age of 7 when her parents moved out of India. She was drawn to politics during The Bush vs Gore election in 2000, where the Supreme Court determined the future of the country, not the voters.

Miller is vying to enter the House of Representatives — the lower chamber of the US Congress — from Maryland suburb of Washington DC. She is standing against party colleague David Trone in the Democratic party for the sixth Congressional District of Maryland primary.

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She has 25 years of experience for Montgomery County. At the Maryland House of Delegates, Miller served on the Appropriations Committee

“I think the rhetoric that’s happening at the national level about immigrants being demonised and marginalised… this resonates with a lot of people because many of us have come here as immigrants to this great nation. Diversity is not our problem. It’s our promise,” Miller told PTI.

“I think that’s what spurred a lot of people to wake up and say, wow, I need to take an active role in what’s happening in our country,” said Miller. She has received tremendous support from Indian-Americans in Maryland and across the nation.

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Days ahead of the crucial Maryland Democratic primary, Miller is hopeful to get on the November Congressional ballot and finally enter the House next January.

“The race is an opportunity for Democrats to elect a woman to Maryland’s all-male congressional delegation,” reported the Washington Post. It added the fact that Senator Barbara Mikulski – the longest-serving woman in the Senate history – is retired and with that Maryland lost its female voices in Congress in 2017.

Miller was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010.

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