New Delhi-born Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi on November 9 scripted history when he won the Congressional election seat for the Democrats.
43-year-old Krishnamoorthi won the Illinois seat in the US House of Representatives election and defeated Republican candidate Peter DiCianni who is former Mayor from Elmhurst in the process.
Krishnamoorthi had won the Chicago-area US House of Representatives seat which is the 8th Congressional District vacated by Tammy Duckworth.
Krishnamoorthy who has his parental roots in Chennai and was endorsed by US President Barack Obama for these elections.
Following the news, Krishnamoorthi sent out a tweet thanking his supporters
— Raja for Congress (@RajaForCongress) November 9, 2016
Krishnamoorthi he is the second Hindu-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives. Before him, Tulsi Gabbard was the first Hindu-American in the US Congress who is seeking her third term from Hawaii this time.
In this election, Krishnamoorthi received 81,263 votes against his rivals 54,149 votes which is almost 80 percent of the votes that were cast in the eighth Congressional district of Illinois.
One must note that Krishnamoorthi is only the second India-born member of the Congress as two Indian-Americans elected to the House of Representatives – Bobby Jindal and Dr. Ami Bera are both US born.