| May 23, 2014, 10.41 AM IST Times of India WASHINGTON: The bipartisan American Sikh Congressional Caucus has announced the appointment of John Garamendi and Patrick Meehan as its new co-chairs. While Garamendi is from the Democratic Party, Patrick Meehan represents the Republican party. They would replace the current co-chairs Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congressman David Valadao, who were instrumental in forming the first American Sikh Congressional Caucus a year ago. "It is an honor to be selected as co-chair of the bipartisan American Sikh Caucus. I am proud to take this next step in my work with Sikh-Americans to defend civil rights, fight discrimination, and educate Members of Congress and the public about the community," said Garamendi. "I commend the community on their industriousness and entrepreneurship. I also want to thank them for their democratic civic engagement — for speaking up for their rights and beliefs. Regardless of background, we all want a good environment to raise a family. I will work in a bipartisan fashion to achieve this," she said. Last year, Congressman Garamendi joined a coalition that successfully persuaded the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu and Arab-Americans through a letter signed by over 100 Members of Congress. On Wednesday, members of the Caucus held their first anniversary reception at the Capitol Hill which was attended by Sikhs from across the US. The caucus now has 42 members.