Democratic candidate Nikil Saval became the first South Asian American elected to Pennsylvania’s state Senate last week.
Elected to represent Philadelphia’s diverse District 1, Saval was co-editor-in-chief of the literary magazine n+1.
Saval, who will take office Dec. 1, also talked about what his victory means for Asian American representation.
“As an immigrant and as an Asian American, you bring in knowledge of other countries and practices and a global perspective to local problems,” he said.
The first Senate district in Philadelphia has a population of 272,462, according to the Statistical Atlas, with nearly 40 percent of it nonwhite.