Swati Dandekar

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Swati Dandekar
Iowa Utilities Board
In office
September 2011
Term ends
April 30, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$125,008
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
Campaign $$623,089
AppointedSeptember 2011
Appointed byGov. Terry Branstad (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State Senate District 18
2009 - September 2011
Iowa House of Representatives
2002 - 2008
Bachelor'sNagpur University (1971)
BirthdayMarch 6, 1951
Place of birthNagpur, India
Office website
Swati Dandekar (b. March 6, 1951) is an outgoing member of the Iowa Utilities Board. She began serving in this position in September of 2011 and is stepping down on July 22, 2013 in order to spend more time exploring a bid for Congress in 2014.[1]

Dandekar's resignation from the Iowa Utilities Board, effective July 22, 2013, will create an unscheduled vacancy which will have to be filled by appointment. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) originally appointed Dandekar in 2011 for an abbreviated term set to expire in April of 2015. Her appointment was a consequence of another board member who had resigned early, and once Dandekar's seat is officially vacant, Branstad will name her replacement as well.[2]

Dandekar is a potential Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections in the 1st congressional district of Iowa.[3]

Previously she was a Democratic member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 18.


Dandekar was on the Linn-Mar Community School District Board of Education from 1996 to 2002. She served in the Iowa State House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008. She then joined the Iowa State Senate in 2009.

Dandekar resigned from the Iowa State Senate in September 2011 after she was appointed to the Iowa Utilities Board by Republican Governor Terry Branstad. Prior to her resignation, the partisan balance of Senate favored Democrats 26-24.[4][5][6]


Dandekar earned her BS in Biology/Chemistry from Nagpur University in 1971. She went on to earn her Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from Bombay University in 1972.

Political career

Iowa Utilities Board (2011-present)

Dandekar has served as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board since 2011. She is set to resign from the board on July 22, 2013. Her appointed term was not scheduled to end until April 2015.[2]

Iowa State Senate (2009-2011)

Dandekar served in the Iowa State Senate from 2009 until her appointment to the IUB in September 2011.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dandekar was appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dandekar served on these committees:

Iowa House of Representatives (2002-2008)

Dandekar was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008.



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014

Dandekar is potentially running for election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st congressional district of Iowa. She would seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1][3][7]


Dandekar was appointed to the Iowa Utilities Board by Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on September 16, 2011.[8]


On November 4, 2008, Dandekar was elected to the 18th District Seat in the Iowa State Senate, defeating Joe Childers (R). [9] Dandekar raised $243,496 for her campaign, while Childers raised $22,578. [10]

Iowa State Senate, District 18 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSwati Dandekar (D) 20,667
Joe Childers (R) 17,367

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dandekar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Dandekar raised a total of $623,089 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[11]

Swati Dandekar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Iowa State Senate District 18 Not up for election $60,925
2008 Iowa State Senate District 18 Won $243,496
2006 Iowa State House District 36 Won $122,815
2004 Iowa State House District 36 Won $104,531
2002 Iowa State House District 36 Won $91,322
Grand Total Raised $623,089


In 2008 Dandekar collected $243,496 in donations.[12]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Democratic Party $33,938
All Children Matter $31,982
Iowa Senate Democratic Majority Fund $11,165
Iowa Farm Bureau $6,078


Dandekar and her husband, Arvid, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Iowa Utilities Board
September 2011-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mary A. Lundby
Iowa State Senate District 18
2009–September 2011
Succeeded by
Liz Mathis (D)