Bera Declared Winner in Close Congressional Race

SACRAMENTO — Rep. Ami Bera (D-Sacramento) has been declared the winner in a close race for the 7th Congressional District seat.

Ami Bera and Scott Jones

Ami Bera and Scott Jones

As of Nov. 23, Bera, who was first elected in 2012, received 142,454 votes (51.0 percent) to Republican Scott Jones’ 136,819 (49.0 percent) in the Nov. 8 election. Jones is the sheriff of Sacramento County.

The district covers eastern Sacramento County, including the cities of Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova.

Bera, who is also a doctor, is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. Next year he will be joined by fellow Democrats Ro Khanna of Silicon Valley, Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, and Pramila Jayapal of Washington in the House and Kamala Harris of California in the Senate.

Bera’s re-election brings to 18 the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander members of Congress.

Bera’s win also ties him with the late Democratic Rep. Dalip Singh Saund, who represented the Riverside area from 1957 to 1963, for the most House re-elections by an Indian American.

“It’s been my honor to serve this community first as a doctor and for these past four years as a member of Congress,” Bera said in a statement. “I’m incredibly thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who kno