Niraj Antani has become the first Indian-American to serve in the Ohio state Senate after he was sworn in on January 4. The veteran member of the Ohio House won in his first bid for the state Senate in November last year. Antani will serve a full four-year term.
“Truly honored to have been officially sworn-in as state Senator today! As I became the first Indian American state Senator in Ohio history today, I vow to work hard every day so each Ohio can achieve their American Dream,” the 29-year-old Antani posted on Twitter.
“I am so grateful to be able to represent the community in which I was born and raised as a state Senator,” he added in a statement. “I will continue to work hard every day for each Ohioan so that they can have the opportunity to achieve their American dream. In this uncertain economic and health time, we must diligently strive to enact policies for the benefit of all Ohioans.”
Antani is a Republican and won the state Senate seat in the state’s 6th District, which covers southern, eastern, and northern Montgomery County.
Antani formerly served as State Representative for the 42nd Ohio House District since 2014 and was the youngest serving member of the Ohio State House of Representatives.