Aruna Miller became the first Indian-American politician to be sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor in the state of Maryland, adjoining the state capital.
Aruna is a former delegate to the Maryland House. She became the 10th Lieutenant Governor of the state. She moved to the United States with her family when she was seven. She was born in Andhra Pradesh.
At her inauguration, Ms Miller said- “I spent most of my life trying to fit in the space that didn’t have me and mine, as an immigrant growing up in a new country, or as a female engineer in a male-dominated field, as an Indian American legislator in a legislature that looked nothing like me. It took me a long time to realise that it was never about needing to fit into a space created by others. It was always about having the courage to be my authentic self in every space.”
She was sworn in alongside her family, new Governor Wes Moore and state lawmakers inside the State House’s Senate chamber in Annapolis and addressed a crowd of well-wishers outside the historic building
The Lieutenant Governor is the state’s highest official following the Governor and assumes the role when the Governor is out of state or incapacitated.
Along with Miller, Moore the new Governor was also sworn in. He also made scripted history to be the first black and the first in Maryland to be elected as the Governor.