Several South Asian Americans from Texas are preparing to make history in the November election. Doc Suleman Lalani defeated her second-round rival, Vanesia Johnson, in the Democratic primary for the Texas State Assembly on March 24. With this win, Lalani could become the first Muslim state legislator in Texas history.
Similarly, Manpreet (Monica) Singh, a Democrat, ousted Treasea Trevino in Act 4 in the March 24 runoff for the Harris County Civil County Court judge. court in the state.
Also in the general election contest are Indian-American Sandeep Srivastava, who won the Democratic nomination for the United States Assembly in Texas’ third Congressional District, and Pakistani-American Salman Bhojani, a former city councilor in the North Texas suburban town of Euless. Person preferred to win the state Assembly seat from District 92 in November. Both Srivastava and Bhojani won their candidacy in the March 1 primaries.
Lalani, a Pakistani American, fled the newly formed provincial House district 76, which is heavily Democratic-leaning and encompasses parts of Sugar Land, Mission Bend, and unincorporated Fort Bend County. “Nearly half of the residents were added from another House district where Lalani was the last-round Democratic candidate, giving him a built-in advantage over his primary foes,” the Houston Chronicle said.
He has been in private practice in the Greater Houston area for the past two decades and in Sugar Land for 17 years. He came to the USA in the early 90s to start his medical career. He completed fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine and attended courses at Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians. It is triple board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is also certified by the American Medical Directors Association. It is also recognized by the National Who’s Register for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine. He serves in a variety of leadership roles in both professional and social organizations and healthcare institutions.
Born and raised in Houston, the daughter of Indian immigrants, Singh grew up in Northwest Houston and attended Klein Forest High School, the University of Texas at Austin, and most recently, South Texas Law School.
In addition to practicing law for 20 years and trying more than 100 cases, Monica is heavily involved with numerous civil rights organizations at the local, state and national level. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Texas, Texas Lyceum and Sikh Coalition (who also serves as a Trustee). She is also the Department Representative for the dedicated American Board of Trial Advocates and an ongoing lecturer for Texas Bar CLE classes.
He was on the transition team of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and served as a liaison officer with the Department of Homeland Security. She and her husband Mandeep have been married for 19 years and live in Bellaire. Two football lovers attend Bellaire High and enjoy traveling and spending time with their boys.
Srivastava is a first generation immigrant and learned at a young age the importance of helping and giving back to others from his mother, an elected official in India. He moved to the USA with his wife and two children to pursue the American Dream.
A few years later, he founded a South Asian organization that deals with stakeholders in the community before starting his own real estate business in Plano. After a successful career in business, he and his wife set up a nursery to fill a void in the community for quality and affordable childcare. Srivastava, a father of two, posted on his website “3. It has deep roots in the region,” he says, and believes that “small business experience, exceptional management skills, and a desire to improve society are just the type of leadership this region needs. ”
An entrepreneur and lawyer, Bhojani was elected to the Euless City Council in 2018 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2020. Born to a large family in Pakistan, Bhojani lived in Canada for a while before settling in the Lone Star Province. He started to support his family by working at gas stations for minimum wage.
Eventually, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, and became the owner of his own grocery stores. He went on to earn a law degree from Southern Methodist University and a Comparative Law degree from Oxford University. He worked for the Dallas office of international law firm Haynes and Boone LLP before founding his own firm.
“As a young person, I still believed that hard work, education, and sticking to a vision would eventually lead to success,” she says on her website. “I am proof that absolutely anything is possible given the challenges I am facing.”
After relocating to Euless with his young family, he continued to focus on the legal profession and business, but also engaged in public service. In 2018, Euless became the first minority City Council Member in its history, in a campaign that made national headlines. He lives in North Texas with his wife, Nima, and their two children.