Senator Swati A. Dandekar View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 83 (2009) - 84 (2011)
House: 80 (2003) - 82 (2007)
Home County: Linn
Swati A. Dandekar
Linn County


Served three terms in the House. Serving first term in Senate.




Graduated from J.N. Tata Parsi High School in Nagpur, India. Received B.S. in chemistry and biology from Nagpur University. Postgraduate degree in dietetics from Bombay University.

Memberships and Activities

Board member for the Iowa Math and Science Coalition, Women in Public Policy (Iowa Charter), Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation, Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted and Talented, and U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy. Served two terms on the Linn-Mar Community School Board. Served as a member of Vision Iowa Board from 2000-2003. Recent recognitions include Pillar of the Community 2003 Award from Waypoint Organization, 2003 Person of the Year from the Asian Alliance of Iowa, 2002 Person of the Year Award from India Abroad, 2004 Fleming Institute Fellow, Elliott School of International Affairs, Global Economic Conference, and 2000 J.C. Penney Education Golden Rule Award.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Nagpur, India. Resides in Marion.

Family Members

Husband Arvind; two sons and one grandson.