|Iowa House of Representatives District 64|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
Petersen served on the Staff of the 1992 Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign, was a Lobbyist for the American Heart Association, and a Senior Account Executive for Strategic America.
She is a member of the 21st Century Forum, American Danish Brotherhood, Des Moines Arts Festival Board of Directors, Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, on the Board of Directors of the Small Business Development Centers, and a member of the Walnut Hills Methodist Church.
Petersen is running for re-election to the 64th District Seat in 2010 against Dan Kennedy (R). Petersen had no opposition in the Democratic primary. The general election takes place on November 2, 2010.
On November 4, 2008, Petersen was re-elected to the 64th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Steve Svejda (R).  Petersen raised $75,960 for her campaign, while Svejda raised $444. 
|Iowa House of Representatives, District 64|
|Janet Petersen (D)||10,259|
|Steve Svejda (R)||5,034|
In 2008 Petersen collected $75,960 in donations.
Her four largest contributors were:
|Iowa Credit Union League||$9,500|
|Associated General Contractors of Iowa||$4,000|
|Iowa Bankers Association||$3,000|
- Iowa House of Representatives - Rep. Janet Petersen
- Project Vote Smart profile
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
|Iowa House of Representatives District 64
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