Obama Nominates First Indian-American for the Prestigious Post
Born in Maharashtra’s orange city of Nagpur in India, Dandekar finished her Bachelor of Science degree from the Nagpur University and went on to do a post-graduate diploma from the University of Mumbai before migrating to the USA in 1973. Dandekar soon became the first Indian-born American citizen to win a State legislative seat in the United States.
After serving on the Vision Iowa Board of Directors between 2000 and 2003, Dandekar became a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009, and then was elected to the Iowa Senate for the 2009 to 2011 term. She then served on the Iowa Utilities Board from 2011 to 2013. She has also served on the Iowa Association of School Boards from 2000 to 2002.
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