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January 10, 2019 / Article in The American Bazaar

Sen. Jay Chaudhuri elected Minority Whip in North Carolina Senate


North Carolina’s Indian American state Sen. Jay Chaudhuri has been elected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the Senate Minority Whip. This is the second-highest ranking position within the caucus. The election last Saturday, which was unanimous, is for the 2019-20 general assembly session.

Chaudhuri has succeeded state Sen. Terry Van Duyn, who decided to step down from the position to focus on running for Lieutenant Governor.

Chaudhuri is currently in his second term representing Wake County in the North Carolina Senate.

November 23, 2018 / Op-Ed in Charlotte Observer 

4 Concrete Ways NC R's and D's Can Work Together

By Jay Chaudhuri


Voters this month elected enough Democrats to break the Republican supermajority in both chambers of the General Assembly. With Republicans still in charge, they have two clear options in how they will govern entering the 2019 legislative session. They can work closely with Democrats to find common ground. Or they can continue to carry out a highly partisan agenda.

November 7, 2018 / Article in the Technician

Price, Chaudhuri, Gill re-elected and four amendments passed in Midterms

The NC Midterm Election has been called resulting in the re-election of US and State House representatives, the passing of four out of six proposed amendments and approval of all Wake County bond referenda.

With 99.15 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. David Price the 4th Congressional District, and Rep. George Holding of the 2nd Congressional District, were both re-elected with 72.35 percent and 51.25 percent of the votes, respectively.

Anita Earls was elected to the NC Supreme Court judicial seat with 49.48 percent of the votes with 99.15 percent of precincts reporting.

Sen. Jay Chaudhuri also won re-election to the NC Senate for District 15 with 73.11 percent of Wake County votes. Rep. Rosa Gill was re-elected to the NC House for District 33 with 78.70 percent of Wake County votes.

November 7, 2018 / Article in The American Bazaar

Record number of Indian Americans elected to statehouses across the country

Indian Americans scored big victories in state legislatures from coast to coast on Tuesday, with six candidates from the community getting elected for the first time and a number of incumbents retaining their seats across the country.

October 24, 2018 / Article in Cary Citizen

State Candidate Forum Focuses on Education and Local Growth

CARY, NC – With less than two weeks until Election Day, candidates for the North Carolina House and Senate seats in Cary met with members of the Cary Chamber of Commerce at a candidate forum, taking questions and talking about education, Wake County’s growth and healthcare costs.


Candidates running for seven state House and Senate seats met at Prestonwood Country Club as part of the Cary Chamber of Commerce’s regular morning meetings on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Instead of candidates giving speeches to the whole room, they moved from table to table, addressing each group of attendees to speak and answer questions directly before moving to the next table.

June 1, 2018 / Article by Equality NC

Historic Hate Crime Bill Filed in North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH, NC — Equality NC, North Carolina’s largest and oldest organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) equality, commends the filing of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, SB 794. The bill, if passed, would increase the scope of North Carolina’s hate crimes statute, mandate a reporting database at the State Bureau of Investigation, and require training for law enforcement and prosecutors. Filed by Senators Jay Chaudhuri and Valerie Foushee, SB794 would add sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, disability and gender to the scope of our hate crimes law.

May 21, 2018 / Article in The News & Observer

The feds scrapped their rules for an open internet. Now the fight moves to the state level.

RALEIGH, NC The state should make sure that broadband internet companies don't interfere with residents' access to websites, a North Carolina state senator said Monday.

Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, a Wake County Democrat, said he will file a bill to prohibit broadband internet service providers from inhibiting open access by blocking some sites, charging extra for 'fast lanes', or intentionally slowing or speeding service.

March 19, 2018 / Article in The News & Observer

NC Sen. Jay Chaudhuri and other Democrats propose new gun laws in the aftermath of Parkland shooting

NC Democratic lawmakers on Monday, March 19, 2018, presented ideas in response to the Parkland, Florida, shooting, but a gun rights group says they go too far.

January 12, 2018 / Article in the Cary News

NC’s first Indian-American legislator sworn in at Morrisville Town Hall

MORRISVILLE, NC — Icy weather last weekend bumped state Sen. Jay Chaudhuri’s swearing-in ceremony from Sunday at Morrisville’s Hindu Society to Tuesday at Morrisville’s Town Hall.

But both venues reflected the significance of the ceremony for the Democrat representing Morrisville and parts of Cary, which are home to large Asian-American communities.

Chaudhuri became the first Indian-American elected to the North Carolina legislature when he defeated Eric Weaver for the District 16 Senate seat in November. He already had served in the position for several months last year when he was appointed in April to replace former state Sen. Josh Stein, who ran for state Attorney General.


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