Rep. Gabbard has consistently stood by the Hindu American community on every major domestic and international issue. She has not shied away from her Hindu faith and identity, has attending many events in the Hindu American community, has met Hindu leaders outside the US and India to share thoughts about problems worldwide, and has inspired many Hindu Americans to be proud of their identity. Earlier this year, she questioned the hidden agenda at a biased Congressional hearing on India and spoke against H.Res 417, a terrible anti-pluralist and anti-India bill that would have damaged India-US relations. She spoke out about the plight of Bangladesh’s Hindu minority at a hearing on Bangladesh earlier last year. She was the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 Hindu American Foundation Northern California Gala Dinner. While Rep. Gabbard does not accept PAC money, we support her efforts to shape Hindu American policy in Congress.
Senators: Gary Peters
Candidates: Hiral Tipirneni Aruna Miller Sri Preston Kulkarni Sapan Shah
Rep. Sherman has consistently supported the Hindu American community, including on issues relating to Hindu minorities in South Asia, especially in Pakistan and Bangladesh. He has spearheaded several Congressional letters to the State Department on the plight of Hindus in Pakistan. Earlier this year, he questioned the hidden agenda at a biased Congressional hearing on India. He was the recipient of the Hindu American Foundation’s Friend of the Community Award in 2012.
Rep. Bera has consistently supported the Hindu American community on major domestic and international issues. He was the recipient of the Hindu American Foundation’s Friend of the Community Award in 2013 and gave a speech on the House floor describing the contributions to Swami Vivekananda to the United States. He brings experience as a physician. He also has supported resolutions condemning hate crimes against all communities, including the Hindu American community.
Rep. Crowley has consistently supported the Hindu American community on major domestic and international issues. He is co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, helped push for the FBI to track anti-Hindu hate crimes, worked closely with the Hindu American Foundation to urge the Mayor of New York City to make Diwali a new public holiday. He was the recipient of the Hindu American Foundation’s Friend of the Community Award in 2006 and 2013.
Rep. Swalwell has consistently supported the Hindu American community on major domestic and international issues. He is a member of the India caucus, has appointed a Hindu American to his Immigration Advisory Committee, helped push for the FBI to track anti-Hindu hate crimes, spoke out against a biased Congressional hearing on India, and thanked the Hindu American Foundation on its 10th anniversary. He spoke at the 2013 Hindu American Foundation Northern California Gala Dinner.
Raja Krishnamoorthi is running for a second term in Illinois' 8th District, winning his 2016 election by 16 points. He is strongly involved in his local community, and he understands the issues important to the Hindu American community. He gave his strong support to the Hindu American community's effort to reform textbooks in California. He also has supported resolutions condemning hate crimes against all communities, including the Hindu American community.
Rohit "Ro" Khanna has stood by the Hindu American community on almost every issue, including human rights and the accurate and fair portrayal of Hinduism in California textbooks, defeating an incumbent by 22 points, the largest margin of defeat for any incumbent in the 2016 cycle. He has been proud and public about his Hindu identity, and his Indian heritage. Ro represents one of the largest Hindu American and Indian American Congressional constituencies in America. While Rep. Khanna does not accept PAC money, we support his efforts to shape Hindu American policy in Congress.
As a former H1B visa-holder herself, Rep. Pramila Jayapal has a strong understanding of the limbo many recent Hindu immigrants to the US are facing due to our country's broken system of allocating green cards. She has also been a strong advocate of condemning hate crimes against all minority communities, including the Hindu American community.
Senator Peters has close ties with the Hindu community of his district metro and suburban Detroit, as well as throughout the state. He has ardently supported Hindu human rights issues and stronger anti-Hindu hate crime legislation and executive actions.
Dr. Hiral Tipirneni has dedicated her life to serving her community, solving problems, and improving lives. She’s served the Phoenix area for more than 20 years as an emergency room physician, cancer research advocate and, most recently, on the board of directors of the Maricopa Health Foundation, which supports the county’s public health care delivery system. She has not held elected office previously.
As an engineer and a Maryland State Delegate, Aruna is a problem solver who makes sure that the government works for the people. She was drawn to public service because it allowed her to be a part of the solution to the everyday issues that people face. She believes that when we build upon the promise and diversity of America, there is nothing our country cannot achieve — not just for some of us, but for all of us.
Sri Preston Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service officer with 14 years of experience, with postings in Iraq, Jerusalem, Russia, Taiwan, and Jamaica. He also served as a Senate aide to Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY). Sri holds a Master's degree from Harvard University. His platform is based on bringing reason, dignity, and compassion back to American politics. Sri identifies as Hindu and if elected, would represent one of the fastest growing Hindu American and Indian American populations in a Congressional district. He would also be the first Asian American elected to Congress from the state of Texas. He has not held elected office previously.
Dr. Sapan Shah is a successful entrepeneur, and has a JD and MD from Case Western Reserve University. He advocates for common sense solutions and ignoring partisan politics in order to solve problems facing the country today. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. He is active with his Hindu temple in Des Plaines, which places a strong emphasis on service to others, community, and country.