Indian American Woman Krystle Kaul Raises $1 Million For US Congress Race

Krystle Kaul is a former senior Defense Department official.


Krystle Kaul, an Indian-American congressional candidate from Virginia, raised $1 million for her election, a feat only achieved by a handful of first-time candidates.

“I have consistently broken barriers throughout my career, from the CIA to U.S. Central Command to the Department of Defense, driven by a dedication to excellence, to becoming one of the youngest secretaries in the history of the Department of Defense,” Kaul said in a statement after announcing that her campaign had reached its fundraising goal of $1 million.

“People always tell me I can’t do it, but at the end of the day I can,” she says.

Kaul, who is of Kashmiri and Punjabi descent, is running for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 10th congressional district.

If elected, she will be the second Indian-American woman to be elected to Congress, following Pramila Jayapal of Washington state.

A small business owner, professor and former senior Pentagon official, the highest ranking civilian in the country, Kaul is a second-generation Indian American who has worked on defense contracts with Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, Leidos and General Dynamics IT, among others.

“This pioneering spirit drove our campaign and I’m pleased to share that it has resonated deeply with donors looking for practical, results-driven leadership,” Kaul said.

“The strong support we received demonstrates that Virginia voters clearly want a leader who understands the complexities of national security and emerging technology trends and is prepared to implement effective policy,” she said.

Kaur is the only Indian American woman representing a district that is 44 percent minority on the Democratic ticket.

“Our campaign is driven by the trust and commitment of our supporters to turn our promises into action. We are ready to make a meaningful difference in our district and beyond. Now is the time for serious, progress-focused leadership in Congress,” she said.

“VA-10 is the perfect position to have a talented woman of color with deep combat experience, extensive policy experience and a ready-to-play role, and I am thrilled to lead the effort to put a Democrat in Congress in charge of national security,” Kaul said.

Kaul holds a BA from American University and MAs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Brown University, where she was pursuing a PhD in Political Science.

She speaks nine languages ​​and holds Top Secret/SCI clearance for polygraph testing.

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