Indian American software engineer Ashwin Ramaswami has announced his bid for the Senate seat from Georgia’s Senate District 48.
If elected, Ramaswami will be the first Indian American candidate and the first Generation Z member with a computer science and law degree in the Georgia Senate.
“I am committed to bringing inclusive, informed, and forward-thinking leadership to our State Senate,” he posted on X announcing his candidacy. Georgia’s Senate District 48 comprises parts of North Fulton County, South Forsyth County, and North Gwinnett County, and parts of Johns Creek, Cumming, and Sugar Hill.
His campaign will work towards fostering a competitive and favorable work environment for Georgia state employees to make the government work better. “Let’s build government capacity by paying state employees competitive wages, introducing better technology, and securing our elections. Let’s fund our courts and pass a comprehensive state civil rights law to ensure equal justice,” his website reads.
Ramaswami will also prioritize investing in public safety, making healthcare affordable, grow a high-tech economy for all, protecting the earth and the community, and providing world-class education to everyone, as per his campaign.
“I am from Johns Creek, GA and the only candidate who grew up in this district. I’ve worked to make positive change in my community through nonprofits, religious communities, technology startups, and law and policy — all thanks to the wonderful people and resources in my hometown. It’s time for me to pay it forward and help advocate for the futures of young people — and everyone — in our community,” Ramaswami said.
A second-generation immigrant, Ramaswami is a software engineer by profession. As per the bio on his campaign website, he has built a career in election security, and technology law and policy research. Aside from software development, his interests lie in digital humanities, reading history, religion, and Hindu philosophy.
His professional experience spans over seven years, where he has built several tech startups, and worked with the federal government on cybersecurity for three years. In August 2023, he was a fellow in the Georgia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, helping keep Georgians safe online and on social media.
Between November 2020 to 2023, Ramaswami established a cybersecurity program for state and local election officials while at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), supporting election security efforts for both the 2020 and 2022 elections. He worked with states across the country, including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office to flag and fix election security problems.
Currently, he runs a consulting company around software architecture, technology law and policy. He is an alumnus of Georgia Tech, Stanford University, and Georgetown University.