The Indian-origin candidates who have clinched victory in the recently concluded US elections include Indian-born Democrat Pramila Jayapal elected to the House of Representatives. She is the only Indian-born candidate to have emerged victorious. The other four includes those whose parents immigrated from India to the US, the prominent among them include the California Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose mother was born in Chennai, India. Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother who emigrated from Chennai in 1960 and a Jamaican American father, is the first female, the first African-American, and the first Indian-American attorney general in California.
The other candidate, all Democratic include Raja Krishnamoorthi, son of Indian immigrants to the US. He won the Congressional seat in Illinois, defeating Republican former Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni. The other winner Amerish Babulal Bera is a physician who has been the US Representative for California's 7th congressional district since 2013. Ro Khanna, a teacher, lawyer, politician, and the member-elect for California's 17th congressional district, who served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce under President Barack Obama.
The newly elected US President Donald Trump successfully sought to court the huge Indian-American vote during his campaign, adapting even the Hindi election slogan of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Interestingly, to galvanize the vast Modi supporter Indian community, during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump also spoke a few words of Hindi in a video. The video was made to air on Indian TV channels in the US. ‘Ab Ki Baar, Trump Sarkar’ was Donald Trump popular campaign advertisement. This was the first time that a US presidential candidate has specifically targeted the Indian-American vote bank. He became the first presidential nominee to address an Indian-American event. Where at the fundraiser function in New Jersey, Trump said that he was a ‘big fan’ of Hindus and that India and the US would become ‘best friends’, if elected to power.