Monday, October 22, 2007
In an election this weekend, the son of Punjabi immigrants was elected the first Indian-American state governor in U.S. history. Elected Governor of Louisiana, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, 36, a pro-Bush Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, also becomes the United States' youngest governor. "My mom and dad came to this country in the pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened? They found the American dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana," Jindal told a cheering crowd after he claimed victory.
Jindal was born and raised in Baton Rouge after his parents came to the United States so that his mother, pregnant with him at the time, could continue her graduate work in nuclear physics. His father, an engineer, was one of nine children in a poor rural family in Punjab.
For a story about the Jindal's election, click here.