Local Congressman stays busy during holiday break | Congressman Ami Bera

Local Congressman stays busy during holiday break

Dec 30, 2014
In The News

U.S. Rep. Dr. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) has not rested since his November re-election.

Bera and his staff in Washington, D.C., recently moved to a larger Capitol Hill office in advance of starting the 114th Congress next month, when he will be sworn into his second two-year term in office.

He was also in constant motion while in the 7th Congressional District that is located entirely in Sacramento County.

On Dec. 13, Bera held an open house at his district office in Rancho Cordova and administered the oath of office to the new Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club executive board in Elk Grove.

He later that day was the guest of honor at a victory party hosted by Indian-American community leaders at the old governor’s mansion in Carmichael.

Event co-host Bobbie Singh-Allen, an Elk Grove Unified School District trustee, said more than 300 people attended the event to recognize the only Indian-American member of Congress.

“If you want to see more Indian-Americans elected to office, we need to support one another,” she said during her welcome message.

This was supposed to be a quiet time for Bera compared to two years ago, when he defeated Republican incumbent Dan Lungren.

Bera two years ago found out more than 10 days after the election that he won the race. At the time, he was in Washington, D.C., for orientation for incoming or potentially new House members when Lungren conceded the race.

That kicked off a scramble to assemble a staff, find a place to live while Congress was in session, get settled in an office, and receive his committee assignments.

“Two years ago, it really was getting a sense of how the institution works,” Bera said recently, adding that he used the time to connect with experienced colleagues who could mentor him.

Bera last month defeated Republican and former Congressman Doug Ose in another race that received national attention. He trailed Ose by more than 3,000 votes on Election Night but felt confident that he would ultimately prevail.

The Elk Grove resident said he and other House Committee on Foreign Affairs members have remained in contact during the holiday recess after Sony Pictures was the victim of an alleged cyber-attack connected to North Korea.

Sony Pictures decided to scratch releasing “The Interview” on Dec. 25 as planned, although multiple online media reported Dec. 23 that the movie company authorized showings on Christmas Day.

Bera said he and the committee are also working with White House staff regarding President Barack Obama’s trip to India next month.