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Manka DhingraDEMDemocrat State Senator, District 45
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Manka Dhingra (born 1973 or 1974) is an Indian-American attorney and politician who is a Washington State senator. A member of the Democratic Party, she was elected to represent the 45th legislative district, on Seattle's Eastside in King County, during a 2017 special election. Dhingra is the first Sikh elected to any state legislature in the United States.Dhingra, an Indian immigrant, founded the woman's advocacy organization API Chaya in 1996, and later worked under several elected officials at the state level. She joined the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office in 2000 and has led the department's expanding mental health and veterans courts.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
University of Washington School of Law
1996 - 1999
University of California Berkeley
BA Political Science/History
1993 - 1996
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Deputy Majority Leader
Washington State Senate
2021 - Current
Washington State Senate
2017 - Current
Co-Founder, Victim Advocate, and Advocacy Trainer
API Chaya
1996 - 2004
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
2000 - Current
Legal Intern
Office of Washington State Attorney General
1998 - 1999
Judicial Clerk, Justice Barbara Madsen
Washington State Supreme Court
1997 - 1998
Other Experience1 - 15 of 15
Destination Imagination
Hopelink Board
Jury Diversity Task Force
Autonomous Vehicle Work Group
Work First Poverty Reduction Oversight Task Force
Governor Islee's Poverty Reduction Work Group
University of Washington School of Law
2014 - 2015
Board Member
National Alliance on Mental Illness
2009 - Current
Former Member
Seattle Police Department Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Advisory Council
King County's Therapeutic Alternative Unit
Vice Chair
Washington State Senate Human Services & Corrections committee
Vice Chair
Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Behavioral Health, Washington State Senate
Former Member
Health and Long Term Care Committee, Washington State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Law and Justice Committee, Washington State Senate