kumar-1WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) — Indian-American legislator Kumar Barve, a Democrat from Maryland, suffered a humiliating defeat in the state’s primary election this week, receiving just two percent of the vote in the nine-person race for the state’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Barve made history in 1990, when he was the first Indian-American ever elected to the state’s house of delegates, and served as Maryland’s House Majority Leader from 2003 through 2014. He currently serves as chairman of the Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee.

Barve was defeated in the primary by Jamie Raskin, who received 33 percent of the vote. David Trone came in second, capturing 28 percent of the votes.

After graduating fro Georgetown University, Barve worked for several NASA and defense contractors. His first bite at politics was through an abortion rights advocacy group NARAL, in Maryland and made his first run for the House of Delegates in 1990.  In November of 2007, Barve was arrested for driving under the influence. He plead guilty and received probation and a fine.

If elected, Barve would have been just the fourth Indian-American to serve in the House, joining Ami Bera of California as the only Indian-American Member of Congress.