Sen. Akbari wishes Biden, Harris success as nation’s next president, vice president

MEMPHIS — Sen. Raumesh Akbari, chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus and one of the first elected officials in Tennessee to endorse Joe Biden, offered congratulations to the president-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Sen. Akbari’s full statement:

The American people have spoken and an overwhelming majority of our citizens have chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to lead our nation.

This is an historic moment for the country and a proud moment for me personally. Nearly a year ago, I was honored to campaign for Joe in Iowa and then asked to share my story and endorsement at the Democratic National Convention.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have already made history. We turned out in record numbers to elect this team and Kamala is breaking racial and gender barriers as a daughter of immigrants, the first woman, first Black person, first Indian American and first Asian American elected to the vice presidency.

I hope the entire state of Tennessee will join me in wishing our next president and vice president success in leading our country. Congratulations, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris!