House 1997-2000 (District 52A); Senate 2001-2002 (District 52); Senate 2003-2010 (District 50)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Columbia Heights High School; Secondary; Oxford University, England; Attended College; British and American Foreign PolicySt. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota; B.A.; Political Science, 1991; also listed as a B.S.University of Minnesota, Law School; J.D.; 1995
Single (when first elected); Denise "Dee"
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: education, economic development, health care, debt reduction, transportation, technology, fiscal responsibility, hunting and fishing, cybercrime, property taxes.His 1996 election to the House made him the first known Asian-American member of the Minnesota Legislature and the fourth person with Asian Indian ancestry elected to a state legislature in the United States. His election in 2000 made him the first known person with Asian Indian ancestry elected to a state Senate in the United States.He ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the July 1995 special election primary.He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement for the Minnesota Senate in the 2010 primary election. He lost to Barb Goodwin.Religion provided by the 2006 WCCO TV Voters' Guide.
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