Breaking Barriers: Janani Ramachandran’s Election as City Council Member
Aruna Miller has scripted history by becoming the first Indian-American politician to be sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor in the state of Maryland. Aruna’s father, who migrated after the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 removed racial and national-origin quotas to allow a new generation of immigrants to enter the United States.
She graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a degree in civil engineering in 1989, and worked for 25 years at the local Department of Transportation in Montgomery County. Miller has served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2010 to 2018. Janani Ramachandran was a flagbearer of justice from a very early age.
When she was just 16, she founded a nonprofit that built libraries for under-resourced schools in her local community.
Her tweet, WE WON! Honoured to be the next City Councilmember for Oakland District 4!! I will officially be the youngest Council member in Oakland’s history, the 1st LGBTQ woman of colour & 1st South Asian to serve on Oakland City Council,” created a blizzard of popular attention. The public attorney took to Twitter to express her gratitude and said, “Immensely grateful for all those who believed in me and helped build our movement.
Aruna Miller has scripted history by becoming the first Indian-American politician to be sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor in the state of Maryland, adjoining the US capital. Aruna, 58, a former delegate to the Maryland House, made history when the Democrat became the 10th Lieutenant Governor of the state.
The Lieutenant Governor is the state’s highest official following the Governor and assumes the role when the Governor is out of state or incapacitated. Moore became Maryland’s 63rd governor, the state’s first and the country’s only current Black chief executive. The newly sworn-in Lt Governor took her oath on the Bhagavad Gita.
Miller’s swearing-in will break a barrier that no other immigrant or woman of colour has breached before her. She was part of a historic Democratic ticket that sailed to victory in November and also gives Maryland its first Black governor, its first Black attorney general and its first female comptroller.
She currently serves on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and has previously served as a Commissioner at the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, according to her website.
Janani Ramachandran, a 30-year-old Indian American social justice lawyer, activist, and artist, has become the youngest and the first LGBTQ woman of colour to serve on Oakland City Council in California.
Janani Ramachandran, who is also the South Asian Council member in Oakland’s history, took the oath of office as the member for District 4 wearing a saree in an inauguration ceremony on January 10.
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