US-India Global Review

20 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 I ndian-American lawmakers on Capitol Hill are perhaps the best gauge of the immigrant experience of this community in America. In 2016, the ban- ner year for this community, four Indian-Americans were elected to the U.S. House (3 for the first time) and one to the U.S. Senate, all Democrats. Two of the five are women, one from Washington State, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, and the other from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. One of them was re-elected to a third term, Rep. Ami Bera, MD, and another, Rep. Ro Khanna, cause an major elec- tion upset defeating a longtime incumbent fellow Democrat Mike Honda, both from California; and last but not least, Illinois sent one of them to the House of Representatives. While this sudden increase was a long time coming, especially considering Indians have been in this country for at least a hundred years, and the first Indian- American elected to Congress, Dalip Singh Saund, D-California, was back in 1957, many a Ph.D. thesis will be written about whether it was the 'Obama wave' that catapulted several from this minority to Capitol Hill. Notably, the biggest waves of Indian immi- grants began in 1965, with the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the population has grown Ahead Of The Curve Ela Dutt U.S. CONGRESS Capitol Hill,Washington D.C. One year into their terms in office, Indian-American lawmakers reflect on their achievements and concerns