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Peter Knudson
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Utah State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$273/day
Per diem$95/day (lodging)
$39/day (meals)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday10/26/1937
Place of birthBrigham City, UT
ProfessionOrthodontist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peter C. Knudson (b. October 26, 1937) is a Republican member of the Utah State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He is currently the Assistant Majority Whip.

Knudson served in the Utah House of Representatives from his appointment in December 1994 to 1998.

Biography

Knudson earned his B.S. from Utah State University. He went on to receive his AS from Weber State University in 1962. He then earned his D.D.S. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at the University of Pacific in 1996. In 1969 he received his M.S. from Loyola University in Chicago. He also received his Certificate of Specialization in Orthodontics from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1969.

Knudson has worked as an orthodontist, starting in that field in 1969.

Knudson is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. He worked for United States Public Health Service from 1966 to 1967. From 1956 to the present, Knudson served as a Colonel in the Utah Army National Guard.

Knudson served as a member of the Brigham City Council from 1974 to 1978. He went on to become the mayor of Brigham City in 1978 and served in that position until 1990.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Utah Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Workforce Services
Ethics, Chair
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment
Rules
Legislative Management

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Utah State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2014. Scott Totman was unopposed in the Democratic convention. Incumbent Peter Knudson was unopposed in the Republican convention. Totman will face Knudson and Kirk Pearson (Constitution) in the general election.[1]

2010

See also: Utah State Senate elections, 2010

Knudson was re-elected to the 17th District seat in 2010. He defeated Richard "Rick" Kent and Sherry Phipps in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2][3]

Utah State Senate, District 17, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Knudson (R) 16,806
Richard "Rick" Kent (D) 4,299
Sherry Phipps (C) 2,463

2006

On November 7, 2006, Knudson won re-election to the 17th District Seat in the Utah State Senate, defeating opponents Arthur Douglas and Kirk Pearson.[4]

Knudson raised $53,769 for his campaign, while Douglas raised $9,700 and Pearson raised $5,768. [5]

Utah State Senate, District 17 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Knudson (R) 14,149
Arthur Douglas (D) 6,797
Kirk Pearson (C) 1,541

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knudson is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Knudson raised a total of $215,922 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 11, 2013.[6]

Peter Knudson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Utah State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $8,700
2010 Utah State Senate, District 17 Won $88,372
2008 Utah State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $8,600
2006 Utah State Senate, District 17 Won $53,769
2004 Utah State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $1,551
2002 Utah State Senate, District 17 Won $23,851
1998 Utah State Senate, District 24 Won $25,292
1996 Utah House of Representatives, District 2 Won $5,787
Grand Total Raised $215,922

2012

Knudson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $8,700.
Utah State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Knudson's campaign in 2012
Friends of Utah Higher Education$1,500
Nucor Corp$1,000
Reagan Outdoor Advertising$1,000
Utah Medical Association$800
Comcast$750
Total Raised in 2012$8,700
Source:[www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134743 Follow the Money]

2010

Knudson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $88,372.

2008

Knudson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $8,600.

2006

Knudson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $53,769.

2004

Knudson was not up for election to the Utah State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $1,551.

2002

Knudson won re-election to the Utah State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $23,851.

1998

Knudson won election to the Utah State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $25,292.

1996

Knudson won re-election to the Utah House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Knudson raised a total of $5,787.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Utah

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 60th Utah State Legislature, first year, was in session from January 28 to March 14. In 2014, the 60th Utah State Legislature, second year, was in session from January 27 to March 14.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on legislation related to women’s health, access to reproductive health care and education.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills picked by Sutherland that promote conservative policy.
  • Legislators are scored based on the issue of education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on taxpayer related bills.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to Common Core reforms.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes in relation to the organization's "mission to defend individual liberty, private property and free enterprise."

2011-2012

In 2011, the 59th Utah State Legislature, first year, was in session from January 24 to March 10. In 2012, the 59th Utah State Legislature, second year, was in session from January 23 to March 8.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on legislation related to women’s health, access to reproductive health care and education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills picked by Sutherland that promote conservative policy.
  • Legislators are scored based on the issue of education.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on taxpayer related bills.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes in relation to the organization's "mission to defend individual liberty, private property and free enterprise."

The Libertas Institute Index

See also: The 2013 Libertas Institute Legislative Index

The Libertas Institute is a libertarian-leaning think tank located in Utah.[7] Each year the organization releases a Legislative Index for Utah State Representatives and Senators.

2010

Peter Knudson received an index rating of 67%.

2011

Peter Knudson received an index rating of 46%.

2012

Peter Knudson received an index rating of 45%.

2013

Peter Knudson received an index rating of 41%.

The Sutherland Institute Scorecard

See also: The 2012 Sutherland Institute Legislative Score Card

The Sutherland Institute, "a conservative public policy think tank" in Utah, releases its Scorecard for Utah State Representatives and Senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Sutherland Institute thought were pro-conservative policies.[8]

2012

Peter Knudson received a score of 83% in the 2012 score card.[9]

Personal

Knudson and his wife Georgianna have four children.

Knudson was Chair of the Brigham City Republican Party from 1972 to 1974. He then served as Chair of the Box Elder Republican Party from 1991 to 1993.

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1999–present
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