A Persian Jewish Refugee Who Fled Iran by Airlift Just Became a State Senator in New York

She must have gotten a good education in Iran, no?

Democrat Anna Kaplan’s recent victory over Republican incumbent Elaine Phillips helped flip the New York state Senate, long dominated by Republicans, to Democratic control. That’s a very big deal in New York politics but the win is notable for other reasons as well—it makes Kaplan, who came to America as refugee from Iran, the highest ranking Persian-Jewish elected official in the state. MORE