Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Asian Americans reach high-water mark in Congress - latimes.com

Asian Americans reach high-water mark in Congress - latimes.com
"The thrill of being elected to higher office comes with a responsibility to represent the least of us," he said. "I feel a real need to work toward equality and dignity for all people."

Takano, 51, born and raised in Riverside, is the first openly gay Asian American elected to Congress and part of the new wave of Asian politicians savoring election day success.

Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the first American Samoan in Congress, Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) will be the first Asian American woman in the U.S. Senate, and Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Grace Meng become the first Asian Americans to represent Illinois and New York, respectively, in Congress.

With Dr. Ami Bera's victory over GOP veteran Dan Lungren in California's 7th District, there will be a dozen Asian Americans in Congress when they are sworn in Jan. 3, a high-water mark, forming the largest caucus of Asian American and Pacific Islander members in any single congressional session, according to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

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