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Record number of Asian Am to join the 117th Congress

21 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will be part of the 117th Congress when the new class is sworn in Sunday, setting a new record, reports the American Independent.

As AsAmNews previously reported, joining Congress for the first time will be Kai Kahele (D-HI), Marilyn Strickland (D-WA), Young Kim (R-CA), and Michelle Steel (R-CA).

They will join 17 incumbents including US Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) who were both reelected.

The class includes three delegates from the Pacific Islands, Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-Northern Mariana Islands), and Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam).

This is the third straight time a new Congress will include a record number of AAPIs.

This is despite the defeat of Asian American incumbents TJ Cox (D-CA) and Donna Shalala (D-FL) as well as challengers Gina Ortiz Jones (D-TX), Sara Gideon (D-ME) and Hiral Tipirneni (D-AZ).

“From this dataset emerges perhaps one of the least heralded stories that might just stand as one of the most important electoral trends behind the results: an unprecedented surge in participation among Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters,” political strategist  Tom Bonier wrote.

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