Indian American Rep. Ami Bera to Co-Chair House India Caucus
Indian American Congressman Ami Bera, D-Calif., has been chosen as one of two co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans for the 114th Congress, caucus co-chairs Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., announced Dec. 11.
The other incoming co-chair of the Caucus, one of the largest in Congress with more than 180 members, is Rep. George Holding, R-N.C.
Bera, Crowley said in a statement, “is an accomplished physician, a staunch advocate for his constituents, and is a go-to member when it comes to working constructively in Congress.”
“His passion for the issues is impressive, and there is no question the Caucus will be in excellent hands. The Indian American community has a wonderful partner in Ami Bera, and I look forward to working with him, and the entire India Caucus, as we continue our efforts to strengthen relations between the U.S. and India,” Crowley said.
Bera stated, “As the only Indian American serving in Congress, I’m honored to have been voted (Caucus) co-chair. I’m excited to take on this new role at a critical time for the partnership between the U.S. and India.’
“Building on Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the U.S. in September and President Obama’s upcoming trip to India, I look forward to working with Congressman Holding and our colleagues in the caucus to continue to grow the economic and strategic relationship between our countries and to advocate for the Indian American community."
Holding said he looks forward to “advancing the efforts of the caucus as co-chair with Rep. Ami Bera. With a shifting geopolitical situation in Asia, unwavering cooperation between the U.S. and India is essential to promoting peace and stability.”
Holding is a former U.S. attorney and currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.
Bera, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was reelected in November to a second term in Congress in District 7 in Northern California against Republican challenger Doug Ose in a very close election. Born and raised in California, he is a physician and only the third Indian American ever to serve in Congress.