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Peter Cownie
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Iowa House of Representatives District 42
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Master'sPublic Policy, Drake University
Personal
BirthdayApril 19, 1980
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Peter Cownie (b. April 19, 1980) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 42. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Cownie's professional experience includes working as a Staff Member of the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, Legislative Analyst for the Iowa State Senate and a Scheduling and Advance Assistant to United States Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cownie served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Agriculture
Commerce, Chair
Government Oversight
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cownie served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cownie served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Daniel Fessler was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Peter Cownie was unopposed in the Republican primary. Fessler faced Cownie in the general election.[1][2][3] Incumbent Cownie defeated challenger Fessler in the general election.[4]

2012

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cowinie ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 42. Cownie ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Mike McRae in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Cownie Incumbent 56.6% 9,581
     Democratic Mike McRae 43.4% 7,341
Total Votes 16,922

2010

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cownie won re-election to the 60th District seat against Alan R. Koslow (D). Cownie had no opposition in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 60 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Cownie (R) 7,761
Alan R. Koslow (D) 4,333

2008

On November 4, 2008, Cownie was elected to the 60th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Alan R. Koslow (D) and Russ Gibson (L).[8] Cownie raised $62,924 for his campaign, while Koslow raised $10,353 and Gibson raised $2,200.[9]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 60
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Cownie (R) 8,905
Alan R. Koslow (D) 6,874
Russ Gibson (L) 499

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cownie is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Cownie raised a total of $329,040 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[10]

Peter Cownie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 42 Won $151,152
2010 Iowa State House, District 60 Won $114,964
2008 Iowa State House, District 60 Won $62,924
Grand Total Raised $329,040

2012

Cownie won re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cownie raised a total of $151,152.
Iowa House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Cownie's campaign in 2012
Knapp Ii, William C$10,100
Abel, Gregory E$10,000
Elwell, Dennis L$6,000
Iowa Credit Union League$4,500
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$4,500
Total Raised in 2012$151,152
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010 Cownie collected $114,964 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[11]

Iowa House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Cownie's campaign in 2010
Knapp Ii, William C$15,000
Rastetter, Bruce L$5,000
Elwell, Denny$5,000
Iowa Credit Union League$4,250
Brownell Iii, Frank$2,500
Total Raised in 2010 $114,964

2008

In 2008 Cownie collected $62,924 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $18,849
Associated General Contractors of Iowa $1,000
Iowa Bankers Association $1,000
Iowa State Bar Association $600

Personal

Cownie is a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club, Bull Moose Club, and Variety Club of Central Iowa. Cownie is also President of the Junior Achievement of Central Iowa of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Director of the West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation.[13]

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2012

In 2012, the 84th Iowa State Legislature was in session from January 9 to May 9.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Pearson (R)
Iowa House District 42
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Iowa House of Representatives District 60
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Walt Rogers (R)