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Election 2022: Desi winners and losers in US House races

Five Indian Americans win, 3 lose in 7 races for US Congress

Eight Indian Americans, all Democrats, contested seven seats in the US House in the Nov 8, 2022 midterm elections. Five won and three others lost, one to a fellow Indian American. Here is a list of winners and losers:

Winners

California

US House, CA-6

Ami Bera, Democrat, son of immigrant parents from Gujarat, beat Tamika Hamilton, Republican to win a sixth term. A physician by profession, he first won election to the House in 2012.

Read: Election 2022: Desi wave sweeps America in midterms (November 10, 2022)

US House, CA-17

Ro Khanna, Democrat, son of immigrant parents from Punjab, beat Ritesh Tandon, Republican to win a fourth term. He was first elected to the House in 2016 defeating eight-term incumbent Democrat Mike Honda.

Illinois

US House, IL-8

Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democrat, beat Chris Dargis, Republican to win a fourth term. First elected in 2016, New Delhi born lawyer businessman Krishnamoorthi served as a policy director on Barack Obama’s US Senate campaign in 2004.

Read: Aruna Miller makes history as first Indian-American Maryland LG (November 9, 2022)

Michigan

US House, MI-13

Shri Thanedar, Democrat, beat Martell Bivings, Republican. Belgaum, India-born Thanedar, 67, has worked as the CEO and owner of several firms and post-doctoral research scholar with the University of Michigan.

Washington

US House, WA-7

Pramila Jayapal, Democrat, beat Cliff Moon, Republican to win a fourth term. India born Jayapal became the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House in 2016. Seattle-based civil rights activist was a member of State Senate from 2014 to 2016.

Losers

US House, CA-17

Ritesh Tandon, Republican lost to fellow Indian American Ro Khanna. Tandon has worked as CEO of Kricel Corporation and as a research fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.

US House, CA-16

Rishi Kumar, Democrat, lost to Anna Eshoo, Democrat in a rematch. Mumbai native Kumar, who came to the US at the age of 21 on a student visa is currently serving his second term as a Saratoga City council member.

Read: Winners and losers from the 2022 election so far (November 9, 2022)

Texas

US House TX-3

Sandeep Srivastava, Democrat lost to Keith Self, Republican. Lucknow, India-born Srivastava has worked as a broker and real estate consultant with RE/MAX, a data architect with Xerox Corporation, and a principal architect with Fidelity Investments.

Read: Election 2022: Indian American voters hold the balance of power (November 8, 2022)

Read: Election 2022: Desis galore running from Arizona to Wisconsin (November 6, 2022)

Read: Indian Americans in race for 2022 mid-term elections (November 6, 2022)

Read: Election 2022: Kamala Harris frames elections as the fight for democracy (November 7, 2022)

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