Representative Ami Bera (D-Sacramento County) doesn’t run away from his Indian American heritage. The newly elected congressman from Sacramento is just the third Indian American ever elected to congress, a fact he has not forgotten.
“I am in the Congress today, because I am an Indian American… because of the values of making sure of giving it back to the community, giving back to the country. Those were values that got us here and those are values that are going to propel us forward,” said 47-year-old Bera, reports the Economic Times.
Bera gave an inspirational speech at a reception in honor of Rep Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to the House.
“We got here, because of the generation that came before us. Now that the door is open, it is our obligation to make sure that we reach back and build that path. Because when I look at the talent in the Indian-American community, it is not enough that only two of us get elected. It is now about building the path for next generation,” he said.
You can see a lot more excerpts from Bera’s speech in the Economic Times