Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to the House of Representatives, has been elected co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus, the largest country-specific, bipartisan group of lawmakers that focuses on building India-U.S. ties.

The Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii joins George Holding (R-NC) as the group’s co-chair. She replaces California congressman Ami Bera, one of the four current Indian-American members of the House of Representatives.

Gabbard’s election was announced publicly at an event on Capitol Hill hosted by the India-U.S. Friendship Council and U.S.-India Business Council on Wednesday. She has struck up a personal relationship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi since her election, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav was even in attendance at her wedding in 2015. The ceremony was also attended by then acting Indian ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

The Senate has its own India caucus, which is headed by John Cornyn, a Republican representing Texas, and John Warner, a Democrat from Virginia.