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Indian American in California Senate?

Republican Harry Sidhu says he wants to become the first Indian elected to the California Senate.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 11:26 IST

After distinguishing himself as the first Indian American to serve on the Anaheim City Council, California, Republican Harry Sidhu has announced that he now wants to become the first Indian American elected to the California state Senate.

"The time is right," Sidhu, who hopes to go on to represent the 33rd District in the 2008 election, told India-West, an ethnic South Asian magazine.

In the elections to be held in June, Sidhu is confident that he will not be facing a Democrat challenger.

During his first two years on the city council, Sidhu maintained a high profile within the Indian American community.

Sidhu promises a fresh viewpoint and a practical approach to problem solving.

He says he will focus on such significant issues as government spending, transportation, education and property rights and wants to place a curb on government spending at the state level.

The Indian American lost his first bid for a seat on the Anaheim City Council in 2000, but was successful during his second bid for the same seat in 2004, when he won by more than 25,000 votes.

In 1974, Sidhu immigrated to the US from India with his parents.

They settled in Philadelphia where he completed his education and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

In 1977, Harry became a US citizen, and in 1981, he left the Philadelphia area and moved to California where he began his professional life at Rockwell International, General Dynamics, and Hughes Aircraft as a consulting engineer.

Married to wife Gin for 22 years, they have a 13-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son.

First Published: Feb 16, 2007 11:26 IST