Afirst-generation Indian-American Congressman, Ami Bera’s story is like millions of Americans acrossthecountry.
Born to immigrant parents, Ami put his nose to the
grindstone and worked hard to build a career, raise a family, and contribute to America.
He has worked as a doctor, university dean and now as
the representative for California’s 7th Congressional
Ami’s drive and dedication is thanks, in part, to his
upbringing, and he is now fighting on a national platform
to ensure his constituents, and all Americans, have the
same opportunities he had to achieve the American
As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and
Indian Americans, a bi-partisan group formed in 1993
that is dedicated to championing
strong ties between the US and India,
I’ve witnessed first-hand the depth of
expertise and experience Ami brings
to the caucus, the House Committee
on Foreign Affairs, and the United
States Congress as a whole.
He is using his Indian ties to build
bridges between India and Congress,
and India and his district.
For example, he is working to
encourage greater job-creating investments between India and the United
States, and he has called for the
removal of barriers that will ensure
California agricultural exports have
greater access to markets in India.
Ami’s clear focus is on using his
strong relationships here and abroad
to create jobs and opportunities for all
Although Ami is new to Congress, he
brings real world experience to the
Ami and I have relied on one another for advice and counsel on ways to
strengthen the US-India defense relationship and address civil rights issues
facing the Indian-American community.
Ami and I both recognize that as
India plays an increasingly important
role on the global stage, US-India relations have never been more relevant.
The largest democracy in the world,
India is a critical player in a number of
international issues including security,
economic growth and civic participation.
He has also been a leading voice on the increasing role
India is playing on international security issues, such as
cooperating on efforts in Afghanistan.
Through many years of working hand-in-hand with the
Indian-American community in transforming the US-India relationship, I have had the opportunity to learn so
much about this wonderful community.
There are many cases where the community faces a
‘The community has a
true partner in Ami’
US Congressman Joe Crowley admires the way Ami Bera is
fighting to ensure all Americans have the same opportunities
he had to achieve the American dream.
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Ami Bera listens to testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
unique set of challenges, such as hate crimes targeting
Indian-Americans, and there are many cases when
Indian-American families face the same challenges as all
American families, such as putting food on the table, finding sustainable work, paying for college or buying a
I’m certain that on all these issues, the community has a
true partner in Ami.
The India Caucus will continue to play an influential
role in furthering the partnership between the US and
India and championing the needs of the Indian-American
community, and it will be because of committed leaders
like Ami Bera. ;
Congressman Joe Crowley is the US Representative for
New York’s 14th District.
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