After two failed runs to be a Congressman, Sri Preston Kulkarni did find a way to Washington after all.
Kulkarni was appointed by the Biden administration to be the new chief of external affairs for AmeriCorps, it was announced on Monday. AmeriCorps is the federal agency for volunteer work and service.
Kulkarni’s appointment, along with two others, is a reflection of “the Biden administration’s commitment to diverse leadership,” according to a release by AmeriCorps.
This comes after Kulkarni lost his race for the Texas District 22 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to former Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls in November as the Democratic nominee in a deeply Republican district.
Kulkarni also ran for the seat in 2018, losing to incumbent Pete Olson.
A former Foreign Service officer for 14 years, Kulkarni represented the diversity that has been shown in Fort Bend County the last 10 years. Kulkarni’s campaigns were multinational and multicultural, producing campaign ads and phone banks in 27 different languages.
But while Kulkarni was successful in winning big margins in the Democratic primaries in 2018 and 2020, he fell short in the general elections. In 2018, Kulkarni finished five percentage points behind Olson, despite not getting much support.
After Kulkarni’s close finish, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targeted the district as a possible pickup in 2020.
Despite Kulkarni outraising Nehls by almost 2-to1, Nehls won the 2020 election by seven points, even though former President Donald Trump won the district by only one point.