Susheela Jayapal, the sister of Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, has launched her bid for the US Congress in Washington’s 3rd congressional district.
In a post on X last week, she said: “We need a progressive champion in Washington to carry on Congressman Blumenauer’s legacy, stand up to MAGA ideologues, and get things done for our community, without compromising our values. “Today, I’m proud to announce my candidacy for Congress.”
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has endorsed her sister Susheela Jayapal’s candidature
A former county commissioner in Oregon, Susheela Jayapal announced that she was looking to succeed Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer, who said earlier this week that he will not seek a re-election to the state’s 3rd Congressional District.
Blumenauer, who was first elected in 1996, won a 14th full term last year with nearly 70 per cent of the vote. The 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Portland, is a Democratic stronghold.
Susheela Jayapal has served as District 2 Multnomah County Commissioner since January, 2019. She was born in India, and came to the United States when she was 16 to go to college.
Susheela is a lawyer, whose last legal job was as General Counsel for Adidas America; and has also spent two decades as a volunteer community leader/advocate for a number of community-based organizations. Her priorities include housing and homelessness; economic justice; clean air and climate resilience; and public safety.
Susheela Jayapal’s campaign said she is “committed to ensuring America lives up to its promise of opportunity for all, with no community left behind; and to the vision of a country that we can be proud to leave to our children and our grandchildren.”