aleqm5gmwnivu5kh-k2sn_cqfusajxglla.jpgWASHINGTON (AFP) — The son of Punjabi immigrants won an election in Louisiana to become the United States’ first Indian-American state governor, according to election results Sunday. With the win, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, 36, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, also becomes the United States’ youngest governor, and the first minority to hold the post since the 1970s. “My mom and dad came to this country in the pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened? They found the American dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana,” Jindal told a cheering crowd after he claimed victory.

Jindal said his election win would give a “fresh start” to the state, which is still struggling to rebuild two years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and cast a harsh spotlight on racial inequities in the south. “In America and here in Louisiana, the only barrier to success is your willingness to work hard and play by the rules,” said the new governor-elect, promising to implement more rigorous ethics laws. Republican elders in Washington said Jindal’s election was a welcome election victory at a time when the party appeared to be losing public support.

  • ceecee

    That’s awesome!