Indian-American Congress (Parliament) member Pramila Jaipal has been elected to the House of Representatives for the third time in a row.
Born in Chennai, 55-year-old Jaipal was a Democratic Party nominee and defeated the Republican Party's Craig Keller from the Seventh Congress constituency in Washington State by a massive 70 percent of the votes.
Jaipal, who has earned a reputation as a top progressive member in the last four years in the US Congress, got 3,44,541 votes out of the 80 percent votes polled so far while Keller got only 61,94,000 votes. Jaipal has been a critic of India's policy on Jammu and Kashmir and the revised Citizenship Act (CAA). In 2016, she was the first Indian-origin woman elected to the House of Representatives. Jaipal is the second Indian-American to be elected to the House of Representatives on Tuesday after Raja Krishnamurthy of the Democratic Party.
Two more candidates of Indian origin Amy Berra and Ro Khanna are also leading in the initial count for the Congress from the California constituency.
It is noteworthy that the outgoing House of Representatives has four members of Indian origin. Dr. Heral Tipirneni strives to win from Arizona's sixth Congress constituency and holds the lead over Republican candidate David Schweickert until the final notice. If Heral is elected, she will be the second woman of Indian origin to reach the House of Representatives.
At the same time, Mr. Preston Kulkarni, who is fighting the Democratic Party from the 22nd Congress constituency in Texas, is giving a tough fight to Republican candidate Troy Nehls. He was trailing by five percent of the vote till the final notice. Republican candidate Manga Anantamula has lost to incumbent Democratic MP and candidate Gerry Connolly from the 11th Congress constituency in Wagernia.