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IL State Senator Ram Villivalam Swears Oath on Bhagavad Gita

SKOKIE, IL- Ram Villivalam, the Chicago-born Indian American Democratic State Senator from District 8, was sworn into office in Skokie, Illinois, Jan. 5 by Judge Colleen Daly.

Villivalam took the oath on a copy of the Bhagavad Gita while surrounded by his wife, Elizabeth, their son, Rohan, as well as his mother, family and friends. The Gita was bought for his mother by his late grandfather.

“I am honored to represent our communities in the Illinois Senate,” Villivalam, the first Asian-American to be elected to the Illinois Senate and the first South Asian member of the Illinois General Assembly, said.

According to the Illinois Senate Democrats website that announced his swearing in, Villivalam’s priorities upon entering the General Assembly includes legislation for a $15 minimum wage, a progressive income tax, gun violence prevention, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights.

Villivalam, president of the Indo-American Democratic Organization, got a slew of endorsements before the March 20 primary, running unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.

The 8th Senate District includes 21 neighborhoods on the Northwest Side of Chicago as well as parts of Lincolnwood, Niles, Morton Grove, Skokie, Glenview, Park Ridge, and unincorporated Des Plaines.