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4 NRI lawmakers appointed members
of key US House committees

Los Angeles, Feb 02, 2023 A.Gary Singh

Four prominent NRI lawmakers -- Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna-- have been appointed members of three key House panels, reflecting the growing influence of the community in US politics.

The Appointments

Congresswoman Jayapal, 57 is the first immigrant to hold a leadership position for the subcommittee after being named Ranking Member of the influential House Judiciary Committee’s panel on Immigration......... Read More


NRI Pramila Jayapal not in race for
Democratic leadership

Los Angeles, Nov 23, 2022 A.Gary Singh

Putting an end to speculation of entering the House Democratic leadership race, Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said she will run for re-election as Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair.

Jayapal also said that she would be endorsing President Joe Biden running for a second term in 2024.

The first Indian-American woman to serve in the US House of Representatives, she was re-elected to her fourth term in Congress during the November 8 midterm polls........Read More



NRI Congresswoman Seattle, Pramila Jayapal
receives threat messages

Los Angeles, Sep 09 ,2022 A.Gary Singh

NRI Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has been receiving abusive and hate messages over phone.
On Thursday, Pramila Jayapal posted a collection of five such audio messages. In all these, portions of which have been redacted because of obscene and abusive content:

  • The male caller is heard threatening her with dire consequences and in one instance she is being asked to go back to her country of origin India.


When a man with a pistol shows up outside a congresswoman’s house
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) recounts the night an armed man shouted at her and her husband outside their Seattle home — and how threats of political violence haunt and alter the lives of elected officials.

Everyone could hear the men on the street. The car, a black Dodge Challenger with gold rims, sped down the block, just past the congresswoman’s house. Two voices shot through the dark. “HEY, PRAMILA,” the first man shouted. “F--- YOUUUUU.” Then came the second: “F--- you, c---!”
The neighbors knew the car. It was the same Dodge Challenger they had seen several times that summer. But Pramila Jayapal didn’t know this yet……READ MORE



NRI Congresswoman lawmaker Pramila Jayapal Said:
US has ‘moral responsibility’ to help India fight Covid pandemic

May 07 2021

NRI Pramila Jayapal told media that the US had a “moral responsibility” to help India in its fight to defeat the raging pandemic in the country. Pramila Jayapal, who was recently in India to visit her family before the surge spiraled out of control.

NRI Pramila Jayapal, the first and NRI in the US House of Representatives said:

  • People are dying before they can even get to a doctor,

  • The situation in India is dire.

  • Hundreds of thousands of new Covid cases are confirmed every day, there are no hospital beds open or oxygen supply left, and people are tragically dying before they can even get to a doctor.

  • India needs our help and it is our moral responsibility to challenge a global pandemic.


NRI Congresswoman lawmaker Pramila Jayapal introduced a bipartisan House Resolution on Kashmir urges India to lift communication restrictions, restore internet:

NRI Pramila Jayapal, Madras Born Indian-American Democratic party Congresswoman lawmaker, introduced a
resolution on Kashmir.....Read More



Jayapal becomes first Indian American woman elected to US House of Representatives

 New York, Nov 9 2016: Pramila Jayapal became the first Indian American woman elected to the House of Representatives, winning Tuesday's election from Washington state.

She will join other Indian Americans in the Congress, Kamala Harris, the first Indian American elected to the Senate, and three others in the House of Representatives.

Jayapal, who calls herself a "progressive fighter," was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, the insurgent socialist who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. She defeated fellow Democrat Barry Walkinshaw.

In a tweet after her election, she thanked the voters for "standing up for the values of our country - that welcomed me as a 16-year-old immigrant."

A financial analyst by training, she has worked on Wall Street before turning to political activism that has focused on immigrant and women's rights issues. She was recognised by President Barack Obama in 2013 as a "Champion of Change" for her advocacy of immigrant causes.

The 51-year-old Jayapal, who was born in Chennai, is married to Steve Williamson and has a son and a stepson. She is the author of "Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland."...IANS


Pramila Jayapal is a Washington State Senator representing the 37th Legislative District

Her campaign for State Senator was historic for the sheer scope of community outreach that engaged thousands of new voters and got hundreds of volunteers involved. The 37th Legislative District, one of the most racially and economically diverse districts in the entire country. 

  • For the last twenty years, she is working both internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrants', civil, and human rights. She led one of the largest voter registration efforts in Washington State, helping over 23,000 new Americans to register to vote. In May 2013, Pramila was recognized as a White House “Champion of Change.”
  • In response to hate crimes and discrimination targeting the Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities following the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks, Jayapal founded Hate Free Zone, which later became OneAmerica and was dedicated to organizing and advocating for many diverse communities of color. Under her leadership, OneAmerica grew from a one-person volunteer operation in 2001 to the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State ten years later, advocating for local, state, and federal policies that make for stronger communities, including the Dream Act, and helping thousands of immigrants become active and engaged American citizens.
  • Pramila has helped lead the national fight for comprehensive immigration reform and due process, as co-director of We Belong Together – a campaign to mobilize women in support of common sense immigration policies that keep families together and empower women, serving as Vice Chair of the Rights Working Group national coalition, on the Executive Committee of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, and helping launch the National Partnership for New Americans, comprised of the country's 37 largest regional immigrant rights organizations in 31 states.

In the state legislature, Pramila has been a champion for access to healthcare, and commonsense gun safety and civic engagement as well as for women, workers, students, communities of color, low-income communities, immigrants and refugees.

  • Pramila has been sought out by local and national media as an expert on topics including economic justice and the minimum wage, community-police relations, as well as immigrant, civil, and human rights. She is often a guest on both NPR public affairs and conservative talk radio programs in Washington State and has interviewed with both conservative and liberal pundits on national television and addressing the Washington, D.C. press corps. Pramila is the author of a memoir, Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland, as well as numerous essays, articles, and guest editorials, including many co-authored with national leaders, such as Gloria Steinem.
  • Pramila came to the U.S. as a young immigrant.  Born in India, Pramila came to the U.S. by herself when she was sixteen to attend Georgetown University. She worked on Wall Street as a financial analyst and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. After working in the medical equipment industry for a year, she found her passion in the social justice arena.

Pramila lives in Seattle with her husband Steve Williamson, an Officer and Director of UFCW 21, and their dog Otis, while their son Janak visits home when he is on break from Wesleyan University. Pramila's step-son, Michael, lives in Colorado. 







Nov 2016: Pramila Jayapal, 51, born in Chennai, is married to Steve Williamson and has a son and a stepson. She is the author of "Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland.

Pramila Jayapal is a Democratic politician from the state of Washington. She has represented the 37th legislative district in the Washington State Senate since 2015, and beginning in January 2017,