It was the first state to have two women U.S. senators at one time and also the first state to elect Asian American and Latino members to Congress.
Now, California lays claim to the first vice president of the United States who is Asian American, Black and a woman.
Within that group are a number of well-qualified Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) candidates — likely the most ever in the state’s history — who deserve consideration when selecting the next senator from California.
Former Rep. Michael Honda is the former chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).
Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke is the president and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the chair of ReflectUS.