Nancy Dembowski

Nancy Dembowski
Nancy Dembowski
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 17th district
In office
2007 -
Personal details
Born Knox, Indiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ed (widowed)
Residence Knox, Indiana
Occupation radio
Religion Roman Catholic

Nancy J. Dembowski (born Knox, Indiana) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 17th District since 2007. Her district includes Starke County, most of Marshall County and three precincts in LaPorte County. She defeated two-term Republican incumbent Steve Heim.

As a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee, and is also a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development, Local Government and Roads and Transportation Committees.

Dembowski has deep roots in Indiana’s 17th House District. Her parents lived in Knox, Indiana their entire lives and her grandfather was a County Assessor and the longest-serving Fire Chief in Knox's history.

Personal life

Dembowski graduated from Knox Community High School and married her husband Ed (died 1995) in Knox, where they raised their family. She has three children and eight grandchildren. She was widowed after 43 years of marriage.

While her husband worked as a union steelworker for 34 years, Nancy worked at WKVI Radio in Knox for 25 years. In 1984, she was elected to the Starke County Council and received the highest number of votes among all county candidates. She was re-elected to serve on the County Council in 1988, again leading the county ticket. The County had a balanced budget all seven years Nancy served on the County Council. In 1990, Nancy Dembowski received the Starke County Citizen of the Year Award. She served on the Council until 1991.

In 1991 Nancy Dembowski was elected as the mayor of Knox, and re-elected to two additional terms, serving a total of 11 years. As Mayor, she led the effort to build the Knox Community Center and led the renovation of the Historic Gateway Depot. In addition, during her service as Mayor, the City of Knox received two prestigious Achievement Awards from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Only four Indiana Cities receive these awards annually.

Nancy was elected to the Indiana Senate in December 2002 by Democratic precinct committee people to fill the unexpired term of former Senator Bill Alexa. She is also a member of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, having served on that board since it first began and currently serves as its Vice President.

She has served as Chairman of Starke United and President of the Starke County Junior Achievement board and the Chamber of Commerce. She is a past member of the Kiwanis Club and also served as a member of the Knox High School Improvement Plan Committee, the Harvest Festival Committee, and the Starke County Workforce One Advisory Board.

She recently became a member of the Starke County Community Foundation and is a former member of the Starke County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse where she helped institute a plan to build the Phoenix House, a safe haven for families escaping abuse. She also founded the Candy Cane Committee, a group of volunteers who built and designed Christmas decorations for the City of Knox.

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