FAPAC welcomes newly elected officials to Congress and the Executive Branch
We congratulate the following Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates on their victories in their respective congressional races on November 8, 2016. Two new AAPIs were elected to serve in the U.S. Senate and five in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Senator-Elect Tammy Duckworth (D) (Illinois): the first Thai-American elected to the Senate and previous FAPAC Military Award Winner
- Senator-Elect Kamala Harris (D) (California): the first Indian (Tamil)-American elected to the Senate
- Representative Ami Bera (D) (California-7th): re-elected Indian (Gujarati)-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
- Representative Judy Chu (D) (California-27th): re-elected Chinese-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
- Representative Ted Lieu (D) (California-33rd): re-elected Chinese-American member and long time FAPAC supporter
- Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D) (Hawaii-1st): re-elected Asian-American member from Hawaii
- Representative-Elect Pramila Jayapal (D) (Washington-7th): the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House
- Representative-Elect Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) (Illinois-8th): the first Hindu Indian-American member of Congress
- Representative-Elect Ro Khanna (D) (California-17th): new Indian-American member of Congress
- Representative-Elect Stephanie Murphy (D) (Florida-7th): the first Vietnamese American woman elected to the House
This brings the total of AAPI representatives and senators in Congress to 18, a new high. See the full list of AAPIs serving in Congress here.
In addition, we congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his presidential victory. FAPAC is eager to move forward by working together with him to create an inclusive, diverse government that will develop effective solutions to our nation's most pressing challenges.
Olivia F. Adrian, President
Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC)