WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President-Elect Joe Biden asked one of his best campaign advocates courting Indian American voters to return to public service. Dr. Vivek Murthy will reprise his role as U.S. Surgeon General. But with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, Murthy will have a broader portfolio and will be the public face leading America’s battle.

Democrat Nikil Saval began his first day on the job as a state senator in Pennsylvania, starting work remotely from his home. Saval is the first Indian American and first Asian American to serve in a statewide position in the state of Pennsylvania.

Former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma is now the new Executive Vice President for Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at payment company Mastercard. Verma has more than 25 years of international experience across business, law, diplomacy, and the military.

She’s a scientist, inventor and only 15 years old. And now she’s Time Magazine’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year.’  Indian American Cover girl Gitanjali Rao was selected from a field of 5000 students. The Colorado teenager was interviewed by actress Angelina Jolie and talked about her passion for using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying. Rao says she’s also trying to create a global community of young innovators to solve problems all over the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.