Kshama Sawant (/ /; born October 17, 1973) is an Indian-American politician and economist who has served on the Seattle City Council since 2014. She is a member of Socialist Alternative, the first and only member of the party to date to be elected to public office.
|Member of the Seattle City Council|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2016
|Preceded by||Bruce Harrell|
January 1, 2014 – January 1, 2016
|Preceded by||Richard Conlin|
|Succeeded by||Bruce Harrell|
|Born||October 17, 1973|
|Political party||Socialist Alternative|
|Education||University of Mumbai (BS) |
North Carolina State University (MA, PhD)
A former software engineer, Sawant became an economics instructor in Seattle after immigrating to the United States from her native India. She ran unsuccessfully for the Washington House of Representatives in 2012 before winning her seat on the Seattle City Council in 2013. She was the first socialist to win a citywide election in Seattle since Anna Louise Strong was elected to the school board in 1916.