In 2018, Nima Kulkarni became the first Indian immigrant to be elected in the history of the Kentucky Legislature. She has also managed her own immigration law practice since 2010, helping others achieve the American Dream.
Nima has dedicated her time as a public servant to helping the most vulnerable Kentuckians. She has been able to stop harmful anti-immigrant legislation, as well as gain bipartisan support for a historic bill that would ensure a fair and equitable judicial process for all Kentuckians.
In 2019, Nima was asked to serve as the only Democratic legislator on the Public Assistance Reform Taskforce. She was the first legislator from Kentucky to be invited to join the 2019 Asian American Leadership Delegation program to Japan, one of just six (6) legislators asked to participate from across the country. She was also honored to be the first woman from Kentucky named as a New Deal Leader, a national group of rising state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.
Nima was named as one of a handful of Louisville leaders to serve on the Mayor’s Civilian Review Board Working Group, to achieve greater transparency, accountability, and trust between the community and law enforcement in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death. She continues to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft comprehensive police reform legislation for Kentucky.
Nima is focused on issues of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice for all Kentuckians.
Most recently, she has sponsored legislation to decriminalize and fairly regulate adult cannabis use, establish a uniform bodycam policy for law enforcement, extend unemployment to domestic violence/stalking/sexual assault victims, create more equal footing between landlords and tenants, update Kentucky’s hate crime laws, and monitor and regulate “forever chemicals” in Kentucky’s drinking water. She is a progressive voice for her district, and works with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create policy that empowers Kentuckians.
Nima serves on the House Standing Committees on Judiciary, Economic Development, Agriculture, and Banking & Insurance committees. She is a member of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus, and is the 2021 Kentucky State Lead for the National Council of Environmental Legislators.