NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know News India Times January 19, 2018 6 U.S. Affairs By StaffWriter lmost exactly a year after being elected to the U.S. Congress, Sen. Kamala Harris, D- California, the first Indian- American elected to the upper house, has been appointed to the impor- tant Senate Judiciary Committee. Harris serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Environment and PublicWorks, and the Committee on the Budget, according to her Congressional website. @SenKamalaHarris Thrilled to share that I’ve been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You have my commitment that I will fight for justice on behalf of Californians and all Americans. Harris, who completed a year in Congress after being sworn-in Jan. 3 last year, tweeted she was “thrilled” with the appointment. In just one year, her already high profile before being elected, was fur- ther elevated by her performance during the year in Congress, and in the minds of many top Democrats, the Indian- American is a contender for the presiden- tial race in 2020. On the anniversary of her first year, Harris reflected on what she had learned in 2017. “I can’t help but think that it’s time we replace division with a new way of think- ing,” Harris said on Facebook. “I’ve come up with a little equation which is this: diversity, because we are a diverse country, plus commonality, seeing what we all have in common, equals unity. Let’s agree that our diversity is our strength, and our strength is out (sic) unity,” Harris said. Unity in diversity would build “the muscle that will power our movement,” Harris concluded. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was also appointed to the Judiciary Committee the same day as Harris. Only one African- American has served on the Judiciary Committee in the last 200 years, before Booker and Harris, who is part African- American, a press release from Booker’s office pointed out. The Judiciary Committee oversees the U.S. Department of Justice, including the FBI, as well as the Department of Homeland Security. Both Harris and Booker have been persistent critics of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Congress. Harris gained notoriety and national attention for her prosecutorial style of grilling Sessions during intelli- gence hearings in June. Sen. Kamala Harris Appointed To Important Judiciary Committee A By StaffWriter -NEWYORK I ndian American Democrat Aruna Miller, who was elected as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, has recently filed nomination papers to run for the U.S. Congress from Maryland. Miller is a civil engineer by profession and has been endorsed by EMILY’S List as well as 314 Action, a political action com- mittee dedicated to electing more STEM candidates. Miller has worked for the Montgomery County for 25 years before she was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, where she represents the 15th District and serves on the Appropriations Committee. Miller came to the U.S. when she was 7- years-old and according to a PTI report, her political interest was sparked by the Bush v Gore election in 2000. “As an immigrant, I have been afforded incredible opportunities here. I want to pay it forward and make sure we keep the doors of opportunity open to all our citi- zens. Congress needs more experienced, progressive legislators at this critical time, if we are going to enact and keep policies that really serve the best interests of the people and our country,” Miller told PTI. “I’m an experienced legislator and I think that’s exactly what Congress needs right now: people with legislative experi- ence that understand the give-and-take of trying to come up with solutions,” she added. Along with Miller, five other Democrats will be running for Congress in Maryland this year, including, Andrew Duck, Chris Hearsey, Roger Manno, David Trone and Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi, as well as Republicans Amie Hoeber, Lisa Lloyd, Matt Mossburg and Bradley Rohrs. The primary elections for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District is scheduled for June 26 and if elected, she will be replacing John Delaney, who said that he will not be seeking re-election for Congress since he has decided to run for president in 2020. Aruna Miller Aruna Miller To Run For Congress In Maryland Facebook Kamala Harris, sworn in as Democratic Senator from California Jan. 3, 2017. By StaffWriter -NEWYORK I ndian American Democrat Shri Thanedar, who is running for governor in Michigan, has bought TV airtime during the Super Bowl in an effort to boost his name ID. According to the Detroit Free Press, Thanedar has purchased about $114,000 worth of 30-second commercials before, during and after the Super Bowl, which will be aired live on Feb. 4 on NBC-affiliat- ed stations. “I have very low name ID. I’ve been to every corner of the state, but that doesn’t reach as many people as I want to reach,” Thanedar told the Detroit Free Press. According to campaign finance records, Thanedar is mostly self-funding his cam- paign and has already put $6 million from his own pocket into the election. This is not the first time Thanedar has bought an ad during the Super Bowl. According to Craig Mauger of the Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network, in 2010, he was part of a $958,000 ad which he bought just within the first two months of his campaign. According to the Detroit Free Press, Thanedar seems to have followed into the current governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder’s footsteps, who also was a busi- nessman from Ann Arbor. Many believe that Thanedar copied Snyder’s strategy. However, Thanedar dis- agrees. “I’m a different kind of businessman than Gov. Snyder. I look at the campaign as an entrepreneurial venture. I’m not copying or borrowing anything from any- one else’s book,” he told the Detroit Free Press. According to the Detroit Free Press, Thanedar moved to Michigan in 2010 and is a retired businessman from Ann Arbor. Courtesy:Facebook Shri Thanedar Candidate For Governor Buys Super Bowl Ad Time