- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa lawmaker has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to help lead an international bank.

The Senate confirmed Swati Dandekar by voice vote late Tuesday as U.S. executive director of the Asian Development Bank. She will be ranked as an ambassador.

The bank, based in the Philippines, provides loans, grants and other assistance that helps people in Asia and the Pacific. Dandekar was appointed to the position in November by President Barack Obama but it required approval by the U.S. Senate.

Dandekar served in the Iowa House from 2002 to 2008 and the Iowa Senate between 2009 and 2011. She also served on the Iowa Utilities Board between 2011 and 2013 before an unsuccessful bid to serve in Congress.

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