By Anthony Fowlkes
With the 2018 midterm elections quickly approaching it is important to remember that college students play a critical role in every election. By highlighting a few of the current Congresspeople who graduated from AANAPISIs, we want to remind all able to register to vote and become informed.
1. Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (Represents Nevada’s 4th District) – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
“Ruben J. Kihuen was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His father moved to the United States and worked as a field laborer in search of greater opportunities for his family. Nearly two years later, Ruben’s mother moved the rest of the family from Mexico reuniting them with their father and eventually settling in Las Vegas.
Ruben’s parents pushed their children to reach for the American Dream, teaching them the value of hard work and the importance of a good education. Ruben worked his way through college, first attending the College of Southern Nevada and later the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was the first in his family to go to college and ultimately obtained a bachelor’s degree in education.”
2. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (Represents Missouri’s 1st District) – University of Maryland, College Park
“Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000, succeeding his father, the Honorable Bill Clay, who served for 32 years and was a founding Member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Recently, Congressman Clay expanded his congressional portfolio to include a seat on the House Natural Resources Committee where he is working to combat climate change, protect wilderness areas, safeguard clean water and clean air and make sure that future generations enjoy America’s remarkable natural assets.”
3. Rep. Adriano de Jesus Espaillat Rodriguez (Represents New York’s 13th District)- Queens College
“Congressman Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic in 1954 and came to the United States with his family when he was nine years old. He grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City and is the first Dominican-American to serve in the United States Congress.”
4. Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (Represents California’s 7th District) – University of California, Irvine
“He attended California’s public schools from grammar school through medical school, earning both his B.S. and M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. With help from his family, scholarships, and working part-time, he put himself through medical school while taking advantage of federally-funded student loans, and graduating with less than $10,000 in debt. He credits much of his success to his country’s investment in him, and he’s working to ensure that we continue to invest in hard-working Americans to keep the American Dream alive for the next generation.”
5. Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (Represents American Samoa) – University of Guam
“She is the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa. She is the first Republican woman of Samoan descent in Congress. She is also her party’s highest-ranking Asian Pacific elected federal officeholder in the nation. She has been the most senior member of the Republican National Committee since 2012 and holds the orator (talking chief) title of Aumua from the village of Pago Pago in American Samoa, where she is a registered voter.”