Indian American Aruna Miller takes oath as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

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Hyderabad-born Aruna Miller made history by becoming the first Indian-American politician to be elected as the lieutenant governor of the US state of Maryland. 

Miller was sworn in as the 10th lieutenant governor of the state on Wednesday.

Miller, 58, a career transportation engineer in her inauguration speech credited her success to her family who had immigrated to the United States from India. Her father, a mechanical engineer was the first to arrive in the US in the late 1960s as a student before he brought the rest of his family and she arrived in the country in 1972 as a 7-year-old.

Upstate New York became home to her parents and two siblings, a brother and a sister. Her father was an engineer for IBM, according to a report in the Washington Post.

She was part of a historic Democratic ticket that sailed to victory in November last year and also gives Maryland its first Black governor, its first Black attorney general and its first female comptroller. 

Miller has served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2010 to 2018. 

The newly sworn-in Lt Governor took her oath on the Bhagwat Gita.