MANASSAS, VA (Diya TV) — Virginia State Senator Suhas Subramanyam won a crowded Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th congressional district, making him poised to become the first Indian American to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth. Subramanyam defeated 11 other candidates in the race, including fellow Indian American Krystle Kaul. He will now face Republican Mike Clancy in the general election. 

Subramanyam became the first Indian American, South Asian, and Hindu to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly in 2019, and to the Virginia State Senate in 2023. 


Subramanyam, a lawyer and former White House technology advisor in the Obama administration, was endorsed for the 10th District seat by incumbent Rep. Jennifer Wexton, who is stepping down for health reasons.

Subramanyam previously said he was “humbled” by Wexton’s endorsement, and Wexton told the local Loudoun Times-Mirror the now-nominee is “deeply rooted in this community… and I’ve been glad to work with him on a variety of local issues important to constituents.”

As a first-generation Indian-American of immigrant parents, Subramanyam reflects on the drive his parents instilled in him. 

“They didn’t have much when they came here, but they became successful through education and hard work. I want to make sure that everyone has a chance at that American dream. Everyone has a chance of creating a great business and that they can empower themselves economically,” Subramanyam said. 

Subramanyam raised more than $1 million for the campaign, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.