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First Indian American Sworn-in as Ohio State Senator in Buckeye State History


Niraj Antani


BUCKEYE, OH- The Republican becomes the first Indian American state senator in Buckeye State history.

Indian American Republican Niraj Antani, who was elected to the Ohio state Senate from the 6th District, was sworn-in on Monday.

The lawmaker, who served as a State Representative from January 2015 until now, became the first Indian American State Senator in Buckeye state history.

Antani defeated Democrat Mark Fogel in the November election.

The 6th Senate District includes southern, eastern, and northern Montgomery County, which has an Indian American population of more than 87,000.

Antani said on the election night that “to be elected as Ohio’s first Indian American State Senator is a testament to America’s beauty.”

“As State Senator, I will work hard every day so all Ohioans can have the opportunity to achieve their American Dream.” he said.

The senator, who was born and raised in the Miami Township, graduated from Miamisburg High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University

In Ohio, a State Senator has a four-year term.

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