Gujaratis take political stage in the United States

Gujaratis make up a substantial portion of the diaspora in the United States, and many have previously held high-level positions, including Natwar ‘Nat’ Gandhi, who served as chief finance officer for Washington, DC from 2007 to 2013.

Gujaratis take political stage in the United States
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Samip ‘Sam’ Joshi, aged 32, made history in early November when he was elected mayor of Edison, New Jersey—the first Indian-American mayor in the town of one lakh population with 44% Asians. Joshi, a second-generation Gujarati, settled in the United States with ancestors from central Gujarat. His tenure as mayor begins in January 2022.

According to Ankur Vaidya, president of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), eight people with Gujarati ancestry have been elected or appointed to various public posts in the last several years, in addition to Joshi.