California

Indian Americans and South Asians have been settling in California since the turn of the 20th century. Indian immigrants, particularly Sikh workers, arrived to fill the demand for manual labor in farms, lumber mills, and railroads. Anti-immigrant legislation like the Alien Land Act of 1913 and the Immigration Act of 1917 halted Indian immigration but Indians in California pressed on.

Californians like Sergeant Bhagat Singh Thind and Sakharam Ganesh Pandit played a major role in immigration reform, culminating in the Luce-Celler Act and eventually the Immigration Act of 1965. Now, with close to 900,000 Indian Americans residents, California boasts the largest Indian American population in the entire country.

In addition to civil rights, California has always led the way in terms of representation in Congress. In 1956, voters in California elected Dalip Singh Saund to California’s 29th District, centered around Riverside. Rep. Saund was the first person of Asian descent to serve in Congress. Since then, California elected Representatives Ami Bera and Ro Khanna, as well as Senator Kamala Harris, the first Indian American to serve in the Senate, and later became first Black and Indian American Vice President.

Impact is working to make California a bastion for South Asian candidates. Not only will we continue to increase our representation throughout the state at the local, state, and federal level, we will build a base of power, consisting of passionate volunteers and donors, to support qualified and talented candidates all over the country.

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California

Elected Officials

  • Aaruni Thakur

    Fullerton School Board

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  • Ami Bera

    U.S. House

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  • Ash Kalra

    State House

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  • Darshana Patel

    School Board (Local)

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  • Kuldip Thusu

    City Council

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  • Naresh Solanki

    Mayor,City Council

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  • Nithya Raman

    City Council

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  • Priya Bhat-Patel

    City Council

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  • Rashi Kesarwani

    City Council

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  • Rishi Kumar

    City Council

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  • Ro Khanna

    U.S. House

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  • Rupa Goswami

    Judge

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  • Sanjay Kumar

    Judge

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  • Sarbjit Cheema

    School Board (Local)

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  • Shanthi Gonzales

    School Board (Local)

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  • Sonny Dhaliwal

    Mayor

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  • Sunil Kulkarni

    Judge

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2022 Endorsed Candidates

  • Janani Ramachandran

    City Council

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