Distinguished Public Servants
Congressman Dalip Singh Saund
Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, an Indian American, was the first Asian American, and one of non-Abrahamic faith, to be elected to Congress, serving from 1957 to 1963. He immigrated to the United States to study agriculture, but he obtained a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. The immigration law at this time did not permit people from India and other countries of Asia to become naturalized citizens. He worked tirelessly to get the law changed and when the Luce-Celler Act passed in 1946, he applied to become an American citizen in 1949. He was elected as Justice of the Peace for Westmoreland Township and was elected to Congress, serving from 1957 to 1963. He died in 1973.
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
Former Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, a Japanese American who was the first Asian Pacific American to serve in two Cabinet positions as Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation.
Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Former Secretary Elaine L. Chao, a Chinese American who become the first Asian Pacific American woman to hold a Cabinet position as Secretary of Labor and is the longest serving Secretary of Labor.