John Pederson

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John Pederson
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Minnesota State Senate District 14
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$96/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwestern College
Master'sCardinal Stritch University
ProfessionPart-Owner, Amcon Block & Precast Inc.
Office website
Campaign website
John Pederson (b. March 23, 1968) is a Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 14 since 2013. He previously represented District 15 from 2011 to 2013.

Pederson is part owner of Amcon Block & Precast, Inc. He is also a part-time instructor at St. Cloud Technical College, teaching Customized Training. He is also an adjunct instructor at Rasmussen College, and a part time instructor of Human Relations for Dale Carnegie.

Pederson receieved his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Biblical Studies from Northwestern College, and his Masters in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI.


Campaign themes

Pederson's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt:"First, we need to ask our legislators to hold spending increases to the current rate of inflation and population growth and live within our means."
  • Excerpt:"Second, we need a state government to have a balanced budget to eliminate the uncertainty that people have about taking risks on their creative ideas and expand new or current businesses in our current economy."
  • Excerpt:"Third, we need an equal playing field for the small businesses that compete throughout the Midwest. If the costs of doing business in Minnesota are higher than surrounding states then our good jobs will move to other states."
  • Excerpt:"That is nearly double digit growth every year with single digit growth in the private sector economy. Can you imagine if Minnesota families like yours and mine allowed our expenses to increase in this manner (10-15%) when our increases in wages are 3-5%?"
  • Excerpt:"The state legislature needs to work to develop a funding formula that takes away the conflicts between the Boards of Education (taxpayer representatives) and our education workforce (teachers and staff)."

Committee assignments


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

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2012
Capital Investment
Transportation and Public Safety


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



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Pederson won election in District 14 in 2012 after redistricting. He defeated Jerry McCarter (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Minnesota State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Pederson Incumbent 52.6% 19,351
     Democratic Jerry McCarter 47.4% 17,434
Total Votes 36,785


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Pederson had no opponent in the primary. He defeated Bruce Hentges (DFL) in the general election.[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 15 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Pederson (R) 13495 50.78%
Bruce Hentges (DFL) 13035 49.05%
Write-In 43 0.16%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Pederson raised $60,823 in contributions. [5]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $8,766
6th Congressional District RPM $2,000
15th Senate District RPM $1,450

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Pederson and his wife have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Fischbach (R)
Minnesota State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tarryl Clark (DFL)
Minnesota State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Dave Brown (R)