An unprecedented number of Asian Americans ran for national office this year, and on Tuesday at least five newcomers were elected to serve in the 113th Congress. Among the winners are the first Hindu American, the first openly gay Asian American, the first Asian American female senator and the first Asian American representative for New York state. The result is the largest caucus of Asian American and Pacific Islander members in any single congressional session.
“I congratulate all of the newly elected Asian American and Pacific Islander Congressional candidates on their hard won victories,” said Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), in a statement released today. “Many have broken barriers and established historic firsts for their states and for their communities, and it moves me to see our nation’s elected leaders beginning to look more like the diverse constituencies that they represent.”