WALTHAM, MA—Vermont State Rep. Kesha Ram is running for Lt. Governor of Vermont. Ram, a Democrat, has served in the Vermont legislature as a State Representative for eight years. “I will be very honored to get support from and outreach to other Indian-Americans around the country,” 29-year-old Ram told the media.
The youngest of three children, Ram is the product of a culturally diverse household – her father immigrated from India, while her mother grew up in Illinois, according to her bio.
She attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated with degrees in Natural Resource Planning and Political Science. She also completed a public law program at American University.
In 2008, Ram was elected to represent Burlington’s Old North End, Hill Section, and University District. During her time in the Vermont House of Representatives, she has served on the House Ways & Means, Natural Resources & Energy, and Housing & Military Affairs Committees, as well as on the ad hoc Joint Legislative Technology Committee. Ram is the Public Engagement Specialist for the City of Burlington Community and Economic Development Office, building relationships and empowering people to participate in city government. Prior to joining municipal government, she was the legal director for Women Helping Battered Women, assisting victims of domestic violence in the courtroom and throughout family and criminal legal proceedings. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Whole Communities, Emerge Vermont, and the University of Vermont.