If things go his way, 24-year-old Berkeley law student Ranjit “Ricky” Gill could become the youngest U.S. representative.

He hopes to join the likes of Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley in a new wave of young, politically active, and Republican Indian Americans. Gill, who is from Lodi, plans to run for California’s District 11 Congressional seat in 2012, which represents his hometown’s San Joaquin County, as well as parts of Santa Clara, Contra Costa and
Alameda, the district now served by Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, reports Fremont-based newspaper India West.

At 24, Gill is technically too young to serve now. But, by the time primaries roll around in June 2012, Gill will have reached the constitutionally-mandated age of 25.

Gill has already set some political records. He became the youngest member of the California State Board of Education at 17, when he was appointed as a student representative in 2004 by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He later spent a summer in 2006 working for former U.S. Senate Majority leader Bill Grist.

Gill believes his youth is an asset. "Young people do have a role to play," Gill told the Lodi News-Sentinel. "There is a willingness to embrace a new generation (in politics)."

If he succeeds, it would be in sharp contrast to last year’s losing streak among Indian political hopefuls. In 2010, a record six Indian-Americans, all running on Democrat platforms, unsuccessfully
competed for seats in the U.S. Congress. If elected in 2012, Gill would be the third Indian-American elected to Congress after Dilip Singh Saund in 1956 and Bobby Jindal in 2005.