WASHINGTON: Indian American Congressman Dr Ami Bera He has declared his candidacy to the powerful Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, (DCCC).
Bera, now 57, is the longest serving Indian-American member of Congress. She was previously Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, California, and was sworn in as Congressman in 2013.
Bera is currently the Frontline Chair of the DCCC. He oversees the efforts to reelect Democratic members of Congress in competitive seats.
Bera had more than 11,000 votes, and 52 per cent of those votes were counted for the Sixth Congressional District of California. The elections took place on November 8.
Bera made his candidacy in DCCC through a friend letter to House members.
“As we head into 2024, the stakes could not be higher for the American people. Instead of putting families first, House Republicans are hell-bent on using the next two years to slash Social Security and Medicare, strip away women’s reproductive rights, and pursue partisan political investigations,” He wrote.
“It is with this in mind that I write to you today to ask for your support for my candidacy to be the next Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC),” Bera.
“Thanks to the strong performances of our Members and their campaigns, and through the support and work of Chair Sean Patrick Maloney and his team, House Democrats defied history last Tuesday. Not only did our front liners win close races, but we flipped several Red to Blue seats and we broadened and strengthened our base through historic turnout from young voters,” He wrote.
“While many votes are still left to be counted, it’s clear that the American people believe in our families-first agenda that we pathed in the 117th Congress. Working together across our diverse Caucus, we passed historic legislation that has led to record job creation, lower prescription drug costs and health care premiums, and generational improvements to our infrastructure and environment,” Bera wrote to his dear colleague.
Many of his fellow colleagues immediately supported the Indian American Congressman.
“Having watched Ami help lead our efforts to protect and expand our electoral map, I know he is the most experienced and battle-tested member to lead the DCCC at this pivotal moment,” Colin Allred, a Congressman.
“Most importantly, Ami is a unifier. He will be a strong supporter of our colleagues from all corners of our diverse Caucus as we look towards 2024,” He said.
“Ami knows how to compete and win in purple districts across the country, including in districts like mine. He has the experience and battle wounds necessary to lead the DCCC,” According to Congressman Kim Schrier.