Niraj Antani, who in November won in his first bid for the state Senate, was sworn in Jan. 4, becoming the first Indian American to serve in the history of the Midwest state’s Senate.
“I am so grateful to be able to represent the community in which I was born and raised as a state Senator,” Antani said 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,” he added. “In this uncertain economic and health time, we must diligently strive to enact policies for the benefit of all Ohioans.”
He added on Twitter: “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.”
Antani, a Republican, won the state Senate seat in the state’s 6th District, which covers southern, eastern, and northern Montgomery County. He previously served in the Ohio House 42nd District.
Antani will serve a full four-year term.