Indian Americans Find Success in Election 2004

November 3, 2004

Source: Newkerala News

On November 3, 2004 Newkerala News reported, "Louisiana Republican Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal made history Tuesday when he became only the second person of Indian origin to make it to the US Congress in an election that also saw two Indian Americans win seats in state assemblies. Almost 50 years after Dilip Singh Saund's election in 1956, management whiz Jindal, 33 won a thumping victory from Louisiana's 1st Congressional District. On the same day, Maharshtra-born Swati Dandekar won her re-election bid to the Iowa state assembly and Nikki Randhawa Haley moved unchallenged into the South Carolina state assembly. Their victories take the number of Indian-origin men and women in state assemblies -- the equivalent of state legislators -- in the US to five. The other three are Kumar Barve in Maryland, Satveer Chaudhary in Minnesota and Upendra Chivukula in New Jersey."