Damodaram Sanjivayya was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, India from 11 January 1960 to 12 March 1962.
Damodaram Sanjivayya was born in a dalit family in Peddapadu village of Kallur Mandal in Kurnool district. His father died when he was young.
He was a brilliant student at the Municipal school and he took a bachelor's degree in law from Madras Law College. Even as a student, he actively participated in the Indian freedom movement. Damodaram Sanjivayya was Minister in the composite Madras State.
In 1962, Sanjivayya also became the first dalit leader from Andhra Pradesh to become All India Congress Committee president. He was Minister of Labour and Employment under Lal Bahadur Shastry between 9 June 1964 and 23 January 1966. Chief Minister He had the distinction of becoming the first chief minister among the first Dalit leaders to have shouldered such high responsibilities in the cause of service to the Nation.
He was known for his administrative ability and for his uprightness of character. He wrote a book on Labour problems and industrial development in India, in 1970 published by Oxford and IBH Pub. Co., New Delhi.
He was the member of the provisional parliament 1950–52.