NEW YORK: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to the US Congress, and Indian Congressman Ami Bera have welcomed the nomination of Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Chandigarh-born Srikanth Srinivasan, 46, made history on Thursday when he was nominated to the Court of Appeals in Washington DC by 97-0.
Hailing the nomination, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said, “Sri Srinivasan made history today. As the first South Asian on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Sri will offer a unique perspective and added diversity that is long overdue in our justice system.’’
She said, “Srinivasan has a distinguished and proven record of commitment to public service, and I look forward to his contributions to the bench.”
Indian American Congressman Ami Bera said, “I’m thrilled that the Senate confirmed Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today,” said Bera. “He will be an outstanding, fair-minded judge. This is a historic moment for all Indian Americans and Asian Americans, and it’s a fitting way to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May.’’
Bera added, “Indian Americans have contributed to this country in many important ways, and we need to see more members of our community involved at all levels of government. I will continue to support aspiring, qualified Indian American leaders.’’