Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant (/kʃʌmɑː sɑːˈwʌnt/; born October 17, 1973)[1][2] 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.

Kshama Sawant
Member of the Seattle City Council
Assumed office
January 1, 2016
Preceded byBruce Harrell
ConstituencyDistrict 3
In office
January 1, 2014  January 1, 2016
Preceded byRichard Conlin
Succeeded byBruce Harrell
ConstituencyPosition 2
Personal details
Born (1973-10-17) October 17, 1973 (age 48)
Pune, India
Political partySocialist Alternative
Calvin Priest
(m. 2016)
EducationUniversity 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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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