Kumar Barve



Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus PAC
Hopes to Add Barve to Its Membership

Rockville, MD, October 12, 2015 - Leading Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress have endorsed Delegate Kumar Barve in his campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Leadership PAC (CAPAC Leadership PAC) recognized Barve as an historical AAPI leader and the candidate best suited to advance the values important to the AAPI community.  Barve, the first Indian American to be elected to a state legislature in American history, would be the first Asian American elected to Congress from Maryland.

"Kumar Barve would be a great addition to the U.S. House of Representatives.  He has a long record of leadership in promoting and protecting the civic and political rights of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities," said Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Chair CAPAC Leadership PAC. "AAPIs are 6 percent of the U.S. population, but only 2.6 percent of the Congress. We need more AAPI lawmakers in Congress like Delegate Barve, who have the long-standing experience to lead." 
"I am honored by the support of this group of national AAPI leaders in Congress. I look forward to working with them on issues of importance to the AAPI community and to engaging AAPI citizens in Maryland throughout this campaign." said Barve.  Since his historical election in 1990, Barve has worked to increase the participation of the AAPI community in the civic and political life of their communities.  

AAPIs, comprising about 8-9% of the population, represent a growing and increasingly active community within the 8th District of Maryland.  Barve was also recently endorsed by the Asian American Action Fund, a progressive political organization that works to help elect AAPI Democratic candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the community and engaging Asian Pacific Americans in the political process.

About Kumar Barve: 
Kumar Barve, 57, grew up and attended Montgomery County Public Schools in Silver Spring, MD and graduated from Georgetown University. A resident of Montgomery County since 1964, he is an accountant and Chief Financial Officer of Environment Management Services, Inc., a Rockville, MD company. The first Indian American elected to serve in a state legislature in U.S. history, Barve, Chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1990, representing District 17 in Montgomery County. He resides in Rockville, MD with wife, Maureen Quinn, a Maryland Worker’s Compensation Commissioner.