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State Rep. Gerald Brady (D-DE) said he is not running for re-election next year after someone sent his private email containing an anti-Asian slur to the media last week.
The details: In his statement on Monday, Brady explains his recent actions make it difficult to provide the kind of representation all residents of the 4th District expect and deserve, according to WHYY.
Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.) makes history as the first Korean American politician to appear in a traditional Korean outfit Hanbok during her swearing-in ceremony.
The 58-year-old politician won the November 2020 election and made history as one of the first three Korean American women to win an election to the House, according to The Hill. Strickland also became the first African American member to represent her state of Washington at the federal level.
After the November 3 elections, a total of 20 AAPI politicians were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.16 AAPIs were elected as Democrats while 4 AAPIs were elected as Republicans. 11 AAPI politicians were from California alone. There are currently a total of 435 seat in the House.
Here are your newly elected AAPI representatives in the House:
Hawaii has elected its only openly gay Asian American member for the House of Representatives, defeating the state’s chapter leader of the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.
Big win: Adrian Tam, a 28-year-old first-time candidate of the Democratic Party, won the November election with a 63% vote against Nicholas Ochs, according to NBC News.
Pramila Jayapal Becomes the First South Asian American to Preside Over the U.S. House of Representatives
Washington’s Seventh district representative, Pramila Jayapal, has become the first South Asian American to ever preside over the United States’ House of Representative.
Jayapal shared the big news on her Twitter on Tuesday where she said she was “beyond proud to serve in the most diverse Congress in our nation’s history and to hold the gavel today.”
Four Hmong Americans were elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives last month, the largest number since Hmong immigrants and refugees arrived in the U.S.
Among them is Samantha Vang, whose parents fled Laos years after a civil war ravaged the country.