Indian-American Swati Dandekar of Democratic Party has announced her candidacy for the 1st Congressional District of Iowa.
Dandekar is a former Iowa legislator representing the Marion area in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009 and in the Iowa Senate from 2009 to 2011.
From 2011 until recently,she served as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board. During her years in public office,she was a strong voice for job creation,working to bring advanced technology and skilled jobs to the state.
Born in Nagpur,Dandekar holds a bachelors degree from Nagpur University and a post graduate diploma in dietetics from Bombay University. She came to Iowa in 1973. As a proud naturalised American citizen,she believes the foundation for success is an excellent education.