Ohio State Senator Niraj Antani announces run for US Congress

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Ohio State Senator Niraj Antani, a Republican, announced his campaign for Congress November 14, 2023, from Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District, which leans significantly Republican.

State Sen. Antani’s announcement came on the heels of Congressman Brad Wenstrup, a Republican, making public on Nov. 9, that he will not seek re-election and will retire from Congress. The Republican primary in Ohio will take place on March 19, 2024, when Sen. Antani hopes to get the support of the GOP to run in the November 2024 general elections.

Sen. Antani is the first Hindu and Indian American State Senator in Ohio history and the youngest Hindu and Indian American state or federal elected official in the United States, a press release from his office said

If elected to the US Congress, he would become the youngest Hindu and Indian American Member of Congress in the nation’s history and the 1st Republican Hindu Member of Congress in the country’s history.

In a statement, Antani said, “As the 1st Hindu and Indian American State Senator in Ohio history, I’ve worked hard every day to ensure every Ohioan has an opportunity to achieve their American Dream. Now, I am running for Congress to be a warrior for our community’s values and fight against those who seek to wreak havoc on us. I will stand steel-spined for the policies that benefit our community and strongly oppose those who kowtow to those against us.”

Born and raised in southern Ohio, Sen. Antani is serving his first term in the Ohio Senate, having previously served three terms as State Representative in the Ohio House of Representatives. He has received numerous awards from organizations for veterans, community college, small businesses, and more. Sen. Antani is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District spans 16 counties across about 150 miles in southern Ohio.



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