Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on May 24. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)Susheela Jayapal, the sister of Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state Democrat who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced Wednesday that she is running for a congressional seat from the neighboring state of Oregon.announced
If elected, the Jayapals would be the first sisters to serve in Congress at the same time from different states. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) were the first sisters to serve in Congress simultaneously.
Susheela Jayapal’s announcement included a list of people endorsing her candidacy. The first person on the list was her sister, though their relationship was not noted. But on social media, the congresswoman cheered the news., the representative wrote that “I couldn’t be more excited,” and she shared a picture of them when they were children.Generations of the Kennedys have served in elected offices, in Washington as well as Boston and New York. headtopics.com
Susheela Jayapal resigned as a Multnomah County commissioner on Wednesday to run for Congress, the Oregon county announced in aIn a statement announcing her congressional race, Susheela Jayapal said we’re”at a pivotal point in our country and in our district,” and that House Republicans are “beholden to extremist ideologues attacking our democracy and our rights.”
Because of that, she added, “it’s more important than ever that we have an unwavering progressive voice in Congress.”