Asian-Americans Hit an All-Time High in the U.S. Congress

A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Photo by JASON REED / Reuters file.
A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Photo by JASON REED / Reuters file.

Asian-Americans hit an all-time high in the U.S. Congress. Representing the growing Asian population and voter base in the 116th United States Congress.

Representing a growing Asian population and voter base, 2019 marked the start of the 116th United States Congress. With 20 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders now elected, Congress now features an all-time high number of elected APA officials.

Recently elected are ANDY KIM (NJ), TJ COX (CA), and MICHAEL SAN NICOLAS (Guam).

Andy Kim Official Portrait 116th Congress
Andy Kim Official Portrait 116th Congress
TJ Cox Official Portrait 116th Congress
TJ Cox Official Portrait 116th Congress
Michael San Nicolas Official Portrait 116th Congress
Michael San Nicolas Official Portrait 116th Congress

All three new congressmen faced and defeated incumbents.

Cox beat 3-term Rep. David Valadao in a late victory, three weeks after election day.

Kim won by 4,000 votes to be the first Korean American elected in more than 20 years.

Although the experts said we never had a chance experts are always right up until the point that they’re wrong. We knew we had an opportunity to be successful and to win, which is exactly what’s happened.”

– TJ Cox

In the 116th Congress, 13% of all voting members are immigrants or children of immigrants.

Spread across 37 countries, this includes congress representatives from India, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, China, and the Philippines.

Since Robert Wilcox of Hawaii became the first in 1900, Asian Pacific Americans have grown in Congress.

The 115th congress (2017-2019) was the previous all-time high, with 18 elected APA officials.

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