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Meet Gov. Greg Abbott’s Indian-American ‘kitchen cabinet’ |

Meet Gov. Greg Abbott’s Indian-American ‘kitchen cabinet’

Last fall, Abbott named Sujeeth Draksharam of Sugar Land, president of Sirrus Engineers Inc., a civil engineering firm, to the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Sanjiv Yajnik of Dallas, president of financial services at Capital One Financial Corp., is perhaps the Texas Indian-American closest to the governor.

Yajnik is board chairman of the nonprofit Texas Economic Development Corp., which is paying for Abbott’s India trip.

“Sanjiv Yajnik was born in India, but he will tell you he’s a native Texan,” Abbott said. “He gives the best pro-Texas, chamber of commerce speech you’ll ever hear.”

Over the past four years, Agarwal has given Abbott’s campaign more than $163,000, and Yajnik has given nearly $13,000, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Since 2013, Naidu has hosted three parties for Abbott and contributed a total of $22,500 to him. In that time, Draksharam gave Abbott about $22,000.

Computational journalist Andrew Chavez contributed to this story.

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