This represents the largest number of Indian Americans to ever serve in Congressional history, Forbes reported.
Judge Dilip Singh Saund became the first Asian American to be elected to Congress in 1956. Nearly four decades later, Bobby Jindal was elected to the House of Representatives from Louisiana before launching a successful gubernatorial bid in the state.
"Indian Americans are approximately 1 pct of the US population and for the first time ever they now make up 1 pct of the US Congress," said MR Rangaswami, the founder of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Indiaspora.
"This doesn't count the scores of Indian-Americans senior staffers serving on Capitol Hill working for dozens of members on both sides of the aisle," he told the magazine.
Beyond the legislative branch, Donald Trump's election to the White House is also proving a boon to some members of the community. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been tapped to become the first ever Indian-American US Ambassador to the UN while Indiana native Seema Verma has been nominated by the president-elect to run the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Since American immigration laws were liberalised in 1965, Indians traveled to the US in record numbers and the Indian American community has become the wealthiest, most educated diaspora in the country.
While they have dominated the medical, engineering and computer science industries for decades, Indian Americans are only recently experiencing a commensurate level of achievement in public life, according to the report.
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