Californian City Gets First Sikh-American Mayor

November 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DNA India

An Indian-American man who rose from humble beginnings to become a successful farmer and banker, will be the first Sikh Mayor of a Californian town, known for its large Punjabi population.

Kash Gill, who as a boy, used to work as a farm labourer to help his family make ends meet, was sworn in as the Mayor of Yuba City earlier this week.

The 46-year-old, now the senior vice-president of a bank in the town, was elected to the City Council four years ago. The local body members chose him for the post in a 5-0 vote.

Gill, a native of Lakhsian village in Punjab, is the first Punjabi-American to hold the title in Yuba City and one of the first to do so in the state of California.