State Representative, 40th Legislative District
An inclusive leader in the field of political science and advocacy work committed to healthy neighborhoods for women and families.
In 2018, Nima Kulkarni became the first Indian immigrant to be elected in the history of the Kentucky Legislature. She represents the 40th District in Louisville, which includes the University of Louisville and Churchill Downs. Since 2010, she has also managed her own immigration law practice, helping others achieve the American Dream. Nima has earned a BA in English Literature, a Juris Doctor, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship. She has also established the New Americans Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to educating, engaging and empowering immigrants in our community. As a legislator, Nima is focused on issues of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice, and has dedicated her time as a public servant to helping the most vulnerable Kentuckians. She has worked to move progressive legislation forward in our Commonwealth, and gained bipartisan support for her bills—even in the superminority—including: a historic bill that ensures a fair and equitable judicial process for all Kentuckians; legislation that extends unemployment benefits to those experiencing domestic, sexual, or stalking violence; legislation establishing a taskforce to study historically untapped populations to address our workforce shortages; and, legislation that would empower individuals with disabilities and improve their interactions with law enforcement.