Aruna Miller, who is of Indian origin, became the first Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.
Aruna Miller: Aruna Miller’s victory was due to her popularity among Indian Americans in the state of Maryland, where many Republican, pro-Trump supporters lent her support.
Born in Hyderabad, Aruna Miller made history as the first Indian-American politician to be elected as the Lieutenant Governor of the US state of Maryland.
Miller was sworn in as the state’s 10th lieutenant governor on Wednesday.
Miller, 58, a transportation engineer by profession, credited his success to his family, who immigrated to the United States from India, in his inauguration speech. His father, a mechanical engineer, first came to America as a student in the late 1960s.
Upstate New York became home to his parents and two siblings, a brother and a sister. According to a report in the Washington Post, his father was an engineer at IBM.
She was part of a historic Democratic ticket that cruised to victory last November and also gave Maryland its first black governor, its first black attorney general and its first female comptroller, the Post reported.
Miller served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2010 to 2018. He also contested for Congress but lost, the daily said.
During her inauguration, an emotional Miller shared her story from India and made special mention of her unforgettable first day of school.
“None of them looked like me. And I couldn’t speak a word of English, but I wanted to fit in. So when we went to the restaurant, I had a plan. I was going to do what everyone else was doing,” Miller recounted.
“So I ate American food for the first time, I drank cold milk for the first time in my life, I feel good, I felt good, I thought, I passed all these classmates of mine. They are now my friends and I went back to the classroom and vomited all over the table. “I took it. I was devastated. My teacher called my mom, who came to pick me up. And I told her I wanted to go to my grandmother who raised me in India,” Miller recalled.
The newly inaugurated lieutenant governor took the oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita, saying she had spent most of her life trying to live in a place that didn’t think of her as a woman of color, an immigrant woman or a woman. Colored.
Miller’s victory was largely due to his popularity among Indian Americans in Maryland, where many Republican, pro-Trump supporters backed him.
Miller worked for 25 years in the local Department of Transportation in Montgomery County, Maryland to improve public safety and create equitable transportation access.
From 2010 to 2018, she represented District 15 in the Maryland House of Delegates, where she worked to create legislation to invest in STEM education, streamline the regulatory process for small businesses, and advocate for working families, survivors of domestic abuse, and the environment.
After becoming a citizen in 2000, he voted in the US presidential election for the first time. Gradually, he was drawn to Maryland state and national politics.