Where Asian Americans made history in the midterm elections
Several Asian Americans made history across the U.S. during the midterm elections Tuesday night.
Driving the news: Among them are Shri Thanedar (D), who will be the first Indian American representative for Michigan, and Aruna Miller (D), who will be the first immigrant and first Asian American elected to statewide office in Maryland.
- In Rhode Island, Chinese American Victoria Gu (D) and Japanese American Linda Ujifusa (D) became the first Asians elected to the state legislature.
- Texas’ Salman Bhojani (D), a Pakistani American corporate lawyer, became the first Muslim and first South Asian ever elected to the state legislature.
- Fellow Democrat Suleman Lalani, a doctor who advocates for health care reform, will share the title of Texas’ first Muslim state legislator with Bhojani after winning his own race.
Why it matters: Though the number of Asian Americans elected to Congress has steadily increased through the years and is currently at a record high, they remain vastly underrepresented in politics.
The big picture: A 2021 report found that Asian American and Pacific Islander elected officials make up 0.9% of elected leaders in the U.S., even though they account for 6.1% of the population.
- In the federal government, AAPIs comprise 2.8% of all elected officials.
- Asians are the fastest-growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S. and are projected to become the largest immigrant group by 2055.
Editor's note: This article was updated to include Salman Bhojani and Suleman Lalani.