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Indian Americans inch towards high representation rates in new Congress

Five Indian Americans now serve in the House. With the gain of one new member, the community is inching closer to population-to-representative ratio parity, compared with the US population at large.

The five Indian American members of the House. From left to right: Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Shri Thanedar (MI-13), Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-06), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08).

In 2013, Rep. Ami Bera, D-California, was the sole Indian American in the House, representing portions of Sacramento; the Indian American community also held the physician politician to the tacit agreement that he would represent the 4 million plus diaspora.

A decade later, Bera no longer bears the sole responsibility for that Herculean task: the four Indian American incumbents in the House will be joined by newly-elected Rep. Shri Thanedar, D-Michigan.

The 118th Congress includes the most Indian American members of Congress in U.S. history.

The community continues to move towards higher representation per capita, based on population-to-representative ratios.

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