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Indian American loses primary for Minnesota Senate seat

Satveer Chaudhary has lost in the primary for the State Senate Seat,which he has represented for a decade.

Indian-American Satveer Chaudhary,who in 1996 became the first Asian-American lawmaker in the Minnesota House of Representatives,has lost in the primary for the State Senate Seat,which he has represented for a decade.

“I congratulate Barb Goodwin on her victory,and wish her the best in her bid for the Senate,” Chaudhary said in a statement as he conceded the seat to his challenger.

In all Chaudhary represented his district for 14 years,four years a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and 10 years as the State Senator.

During his tenure,Chaudhary set a number of electoral milestones. When first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996,he was Minnesota’s first Asian-American legislator.

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Just four years later,his election to the Senate made him the state’s first Asian-American Senator,Minnesota’s then-youngest Senator,and the highest ranking Asian-Indian official in the nation.

Watching the election returns,Chaudhary expressed his gratitude and determination.

“The next several years in Minnesota will determine the legacy we leave to our children and the quality of life we provide for our parents and grandparents.


I leave the Capitol with my head held high,having promoted the highest standards of truth and decency,” he said.

As Senator,the 41 year-old and attorney/small businessman will serve out his term through December.

A lifetime resident of Fridley and Columbia Heights graduate,Chaudhary graduated from St.Olaf College and University of Minnesota Law School.


The active role Chaudhary has taken in Minnesota politics is evidence of traits handed down by his parents,who emigrated to the US from India in the 1960s.

He said,”My parents taught me to value education,hard work,and to never forget how we began.”

First published on: 11-08-2010 at 09:14:55 am
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