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Peter Cownie
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Iowa House of Representatives District 42
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$118/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
Master'sPublic Policy, Drake University
Date of birthApril 19, 1980
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
Office website
Campaign website
Peter Cownie (b. April 19, 1980) is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 42 since 2013. He previously represented District 60 from 2009 to 2013.

Cownie has been 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.

He 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.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cownie has been appointed to the following committees:


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



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.[2][3]

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


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.[4]

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


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). [5] Cownie raised $62,924 for his campaign, while Koslow raised $10,353 and Gibson raised $2,200. [6]

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


In 2010 Cownie collected $114,964 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed as follows:[7]

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


In 2008 Cownie collected $62,924 in donations.[8]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Pearson (R)
Iowa House District 42
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa House of Representatives District 60
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