2012 was a banner year for Asian American candidates for national office—30 ran for office, of whom 14 were elected, compared to only 10 in 2010. First-time Asian American Members of Congress from their respective states are Chinese American Grace Meng (NY) and Thai American Tammy Duckworth (IL). Senator-elect Mazie Hirono is the first foreign-born Asian woman Senator and the first female Senator from Hawaii. Indian American Ami Bera (CA) won a close Congressional election. The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies also notes the election to Congress of the first Hindu American, Tulsi Gabbard (HI), and the first openly gay minority, Japanese American Mark Takano (CA). In addition, all eight current Asian American Members of Congress were re-elected.