Ami Bera is the recipient of FMC’s Statesmanship Award


The Indian American physician and politician has been serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives from California since 2013.

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Indian American Congressman Ami Bera was selected by Former Members of Congress (FMC) as the recipient of their 2023 Statesmanship Award. This award recognizes individuals who “exemplify courage, commitment, and passion for furthering democracy, and who have demonstrated a life-long dedication to service. FMC’s Annual Statesmanship Awards Celebration has recognized outstanding individuals and organizations for last 25 years.

Amerish Babulal “Ami” Bera is an Indian American physician and politician who has been serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives from California since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party and represents California’s 6th congressional district. During his time in Congress, Bera has been a strong advocate for healthcare reform and has worked to improve access to healthcare and lower costs for consumers. He has also been a vocal advocate for environmental protection and has supported efforts to combat climate change and promote renewable energy.

“I am the son of immigrants, my parents immigrated here from India in the 1950s and I had a chance to live the American dream.” Bera said. “My legacy is not determined by anything I do in my life, our legacy is going to be determined by what the next generation does. That’s the definition of a statesman. It’s not about what we do but how our staff go on to do great things, how we touch lives, and how we empower next generation leaders to go and change the world,” the longest-serving Indian-American congressman said.

FMC president LF Payne, “Bera exemplifies pragmatism and a productive approach to legislating that FMC can consider to be essential for the success of the congress and this nation so we are honored tonight to present him with a statesmanship Award.” FMC is the premier non-profit focused on Congress, involving both former and current members of Congress all on a bipartisan basis.

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