Harris picks up Indian American Sabrina Singh to handle media

Sabrina Singh
Sabrina Singh; image via Twitter

Sabrina Singh tended press shops of Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker and Mike Bloomberg.

Indian American Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has picked up fellow Indian American Sabrina Singh, who was on the communications team of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, as her her press secretary.

Singh, 32, previously worked as spokesperson of two Democratic presidential candidates — New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg.

“I’m so excited to join the #BidenHarris ticket as Press Secretary for @KamalaHarris! Can’t wait to get to work and win in November!,” tweeted Singh.

RELATED: Indian American Sabrina Singh named Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign spokesperson (January 31, 2020)

Karine Jean-Pierre, a Biden senior adviser, has been named as Harris’ new chief of staff and Sheila Nix is a senior adviser to Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff. Liz Allen is the communications director.

Sri Lankan American Rohini Kosoglu, Harris’ former chief of staff on the campaign and in the Senate, will advise her in a senior role.

Singh comes with a varied experience in politics. Besides being a top aide to DNC Chairman Tom Perez,  she has also overseen party’s coalition programs and several other important activities.

RELATED: Meet Sabrina Singh, the Indian American National Press Secretary for Cory Booker (May 6, 2019)

Married to Mike Smith, Singh comes from a family deep-rooted in American politics. Her grandfather JJ Singh was the head of India League of America, a non-profit championing the interests of the Indian American community.

Back in the 1940s, he along with a group of Indians, channeled a campaign against racially discriminatory policies in the US.

He not only fought for the right to US citizenship but also was instrumental in the formulation of a historic legislation signed by President Harry Truman in 1946, which eased citizenship rules for Indians.

The Luce-Celler Act allowed a quota of 100 Indians to immigrate to the US every year. It also permitted Indian nationals at that time residing in the US to become naturalized American citizens.

Here are seven Indian and South Asian Americans serving in key 2020 campaign positions (May 21, 2019)

Singh’s family belonged to Abbottabad in the present-day Pakistan. The family came to the US before India’s  August 1947 partition into two nations.

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