Karen Peterson (Delaware)

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Karen Peterson
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Delaware State Senate District 9
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNeumann College
Personal
BirthdayMarch 18, 1950
Place of birthChester, PA
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Karen E. Peterson (b. March 18, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 9. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Peterson acquired her B.S. from Neumann College and then attended Graduate Studies at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. She later obtained her paralegal certification from Widener University and her labor relations certification from the University of Delaware. She also attended Cornell University School of Labor & Industrial Relations, the National Employment Law Institute and the Governor's Center at Duke University. Peterson worked for the Delaware Department of Labor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2013
Adult & Juvenile Corrections
Community/County Affairs
Finance
Health & Social Services
Highways & Transportation, Chair
Labor & Industrial Relations
Natural Resources & Environmental Control
Veterans Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Peterson served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Peterson served on these committees:[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Peterson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 9. Peterson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012 and was unchallenged in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Delaware State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Peterson Incumbent 100% 13,941
Total Votes 13,941

2010

See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2010

Peterson ran for re-election to the 9th District seat in 2010. She defeated Republican challenger Robert S. Johnston (R) in the November 2, 2010, general election.[4]

Delaware State Senate District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Peterson Incumbent 71.5% 8,008
     Republican Robert S. Johnston 28.5% 3,196
Total Votes 11,204

2006

On November 7, 2006, Peterson won re-election to the Delaware State Senate from Delaware's 9th Senate District. Peterson ran unopposed in the election and received 8,352 votes.[5] Peterson raised $33,710 for her campaign in 2006.[6]

Delaware State Senate, District 9 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Peterson (D) 8,352 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peterson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Peterson raised a total of $106,973 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[7]

Karen Peterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 9 Won $24,825
2010 Delaware State Senate, District 9 Won $46,255
2008 Delaware State Senate, District 9 Not up for election $2,183
2006 Delaware State Senate, District 9 Won $33,710
Grand Total Raised $106,973

2012

Peterson won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Peterson raised a total of $24,825.
Delaware State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Peterson's campaign in 2012
Schmitt, Eileen$600
Cozen Oconnor Pc$600
At&t$600
Okita, Kristofor$600
Tunnell, Mindi Moore$600
Total Raised in 2012$24,825
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Delaware State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Peterson (Delaware)'s campaign in 2010
New Castle County Democratic Cmte$1,000
Williams, John$600
Oneill Jr, F J$600
Sheet Metal Workers Local 19$600
L U 451 PAC$600
Total Raised in 2010 $46,255

2008

In 2008, a year in which she was not up for re-election, Peterson collected $2,183 in contributions.[8] The top four contributors to Peterson were as follows:

Donor Amount
Carpenters and Joiners Local 626 $600
Anheuser-Busch $450
Delaware State Dental Society $300
Diageo $250

2006

In 2006, Peterson collected $33,710 in contributions.[9] The ten largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Shane Lumber $600
Frank Capano, Jr. $600
Laborers Political League of Delaware $600
Associated Builders and Contractors $600
Ironworkers Local Union 451 PAC $600
Chiro PAC $600
Lucia C. Spillan $600
Jerome Heisler $600
Anheuser-Busch $600
Delaware Supermarkets $600

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in its 146th session from January 8 through July 1.[10]

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Delaware Senate District 9
2002–present
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