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|Swati A. Dandekar|
|Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 18th district
January 12, 2009 – September 16, 2011
|Preceded by||Mary Lundby|
|Succeeded by||Liz Mathis|
|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 36th district
January 13, 2003 – January 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Pat Murphy|
|Succeeded by||Nick Wagner|
March 6, 1951 |
|Children||Ajai and Govind|
|Alma mater||Nagpur University
Swati A. Dandekar (Marathi: स्वाती दांडेकर; born March 6, 1951) is a former Iowa state legislator and a Democratic member of the Iowa Utilities Board, awaiting Senate confirmation in 2012. Previously, she was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives for the 36th District from 2003 to 2009 and a member of the Iowa Senate for the 18th District from 2009 to 2011. She received her B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Nagpur University and a graduate diploma in dietetics from University of Mumbai. As of 2011and http://dlcc.wiredforchange.com/o/6371/p/wfc/web/candidate/biography/public/ [ref] Dandekar serves as the Chair (formerly President) of the National Foundation for Women Legislators and as a board member of the Iowa Math and Science Coalition, the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation, and the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted & Talented. Dandekar previously served on the Iowa Association of School Boards, and as a board member of the Women in Public Policy (Iowa Charter),and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.
Political history 
Before her election to the Iowa General Assembly, Dandekar was a two term member of the Linn-Mar Community School District Board from 1996 to 2002. During that time, Governor Tom Vilsack appointed her to the Vision Iowa Board, a post she held from 2000 to 2002. She began her legislative career in 2002, winning an election to the Iowa House District 36, defeating Republican Karen Balderston. She won re-election twice, against Republican Cory Crowly in 2004 and Republican Nick Wagner in 2006, before running for the Iowa Senate. In 2008, Dandekar defeated Republican Joe Childers for election to Iowa Senate District 18, and served there until resigning in 2011 to accept Governor Terry Branstad's appointment to the Iowa Utilities Board for a term expiring in 2015.
While in the House, Dandekar served on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee during all three terms, and served on the Education committee during her first term and the Transportation committee during her third term. While in the Senate, she served on the Commerce, Economic Growth, Rebuild Iowa, Transportation, and Ways and Means committees, while reprising her role as a member of the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
Dandekar has received several awards, including the J. C. Penney Education Golden Rule award, the 2003 Pillar of the Community award from Waypoint, recognition as a 2004 Flemming Institute Fellow and recognition by the Elliott School of International Affairs' Global Economic Conference. In addition, she has been named Person of the Year three times, once in 2002 by India Abroad, once in 2003 by the Asian Alliance of Iowa, and once in 2008 by AsianWeek.
Electoral history 
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 
|Democratic (newly redistricted)||Swati A. Dandekar||Democratic||6,770||57.5|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 
|Democratic hold||Swati A. Dandekar||Democratic||9,843||54.5|
|Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 
|Democratic hold||Swati A. Dandekar||Democratic||6,987||52.6|
|Iowa Senate elections, 2008 
|Democratic hold||Swati A. Dandekar||Democratic||20,667||52.0|
Personal life 
- "Project Vote Smart". Senator Dandekar biography. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
- "Swati Dandekar Bio". Wired For Change. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
- "Gov. Branstad names Senator Swati Dandekar to Iowa Utilities Board". Iowa Governor's Office (Press Release). 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 27. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
- "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 26. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
- "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006". Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 34. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
- "State of Iowa Official Canvass Summary November 4, 2008 General Election". Iowa Secretary of State. p. 26. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
- Clayworth, Jason (2011-09-16). "UPDATE: Senator resigns, leaving slim Democratic majority in jeopardy; special election Nov. 8". Des Moines Register. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "Iowa 80th General Assembly Swati Dandekar". Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- "Iowa 81st General Assembly Swati Dandekar". Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- "Iowa 82nd General Assembly Swati Dandekar". Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- "Iowa 83rd General Assembly Swati Dandekar". Retrieved 2010-11-02.
- Biography at Wired for Change
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Swati Dandekar|
- Senator Swati Dandekar Iowa Legislature site
- Senator Swati Dandekar Iowa General Assembly site
- Swati Dandekar for State Senator Official constituency site
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
|Iowa House of Representatives|
2003 – 2009
2009 – 2011