First NRI Sikh woman Jasmeet Kaur Bains
elected to California Assembly
Los Angeles, Nov.11, 2022
NRIpress.club/Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh
NRI Jasmeet Kaur Bains, a family physician from Bakersfield, made history by becoming the first NRI Sikh woman to be elected to the California Assembly.
According to the Kern County Election Results website, Bains led the race on Wednesday with 10,827 votes, or 58.9 per cent — while Perez trailed significantly with 7,555 votes, or 41.1 per cent.
Bains is a medical director at Bakersfield Recovery Services, a non-profit that treats adults suffering from addiction. In her campaign pitch, she said she would prioritise healthcare, homelessness, water infrastructure and air quality.
About Jasmeet Kaur Bains
- The daughter of immigrant parents from India, Bains watched her father build a business, starting as an auto mechanic and ultimately owning successful car dealerships.
- After college, Jasmeet worked with her father before pursuing her career in medicine.
- When the pandemic hit, Bains was on the frontlines, establishing field hospital sites to treat Covid patients.
- She has also spearheaded landmark mental health and addiction treatment programmes.
- She was awarded the 2019 Hero of Family Medicine by the California Academy of Family Physicians,
- And The 2021 Beautiful Bakersfield Award from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.
After graduating from medical school, Jasmeet returned home and completed her residency at Clinica Sierra Vista in Kern County, choosing to work in underserved healthcare settings to increase access to healthcare. Today, she serves as Medical Director at Bakersfield Recovery Services overseeing substance abuse, addiction, and mental health rehabilitation.