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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Becomes First Hindu-American To Preside Over The US House of Representatives

April 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) earlier this week became the first Hindu-American to preside over the US House of Representatives, as he oversaw floor debate from the Speaker’s chair. When serving as speaker pro tempore, meaning “temporary speaker”, a member fills the role of presiding officer of the House in the absence of the Speaker of the House.

“I am honored to become the first Hindu-American to have the honor of presiding over the House,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “I’m humbled to have taken on this responsibility and recognize it was only possible through the work of those who came before me and the opportunities our country presents to all of us, regardless of race, religion, and background.”