Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s sister Susheela Jayapal became the first South Asian to be elected in Oregon in the western US State. She won the District 2 seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners with 57% of the vote. She will represent North and Northeast Portland commissioner’s seat. Susheela, a former corporate lawyer, and longtime community volunteer defeated construction contractor Sharon Maxwell and two others.

  • Susheela Jayapal became the first South Asian to be elected in Oregon in the western US State.
  • She won the District 2 seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners with 57% of the vote.
  • She will represent North and Northeast Portland commissioner’s seat.
  • Susheela earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Swarthmore College.
  • Susheela went to law school, earning her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

She was a litigator at law firms in San Francisco and Portland, and then became the General Counsel at Adidas America, serving as the member of the senior executive team responsible for the legal affairs of what was then a USD 1 billion company.