Friday, November 16, 2012

Indian-American Bera elected to Congress

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2012

Ami Bera, a California physician, has created history to become only the third Indian-American to enter US Congress as he finally won his tight race against a sitting Republican Dan Lungren.

Mr. Bera, 45, a Democrat, defeated Mr. Lungren 51.1 per cent to 48.9 per cent in his second attempt after having failed to unseat Mr. Lungren two years ago.

Mr. Bera, from Elk Grove, led three-term Republican lawmaker Mr. Lungren by 184 votes on November 6 election night. His lead grew to about 3,800 votes on Tuesday and swelled to almost 5,700 votes on Thursday, according to the latest vote count.

The race was to fill California's 7th District Congressional seat representing the suburbs of Sacramento.

"It will be an honour to serve Sacramento County in Congress," said Mr. Bera after his victory.

"Now is the time to find common ground and move forward to rebuild an economy that works for the middle-class. Congressman Lungren deserves our appreciation for his long record of public service."

With his win, Mr. Bera becomes just the third Indian-American elected to Congress, after Dalip Singh Saund in 1952 and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who won a House seat in 2004.
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