Peter C. Knudson

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Peter C. Knudson
Senator Peter Knudson
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 17th district
In office
1998 – present
Personal details
Born (1937-10-26) October 26, 1937 (age 77)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Georgianna
Children 4
Residence Brigham City, Utah
Occupation Orthodontist
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)

Peter Charles Knudson is an American politician. A Republican, he is a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 17th senate district in Box Elder, Cache and Tooele Counties including Brigham City.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Peter Knudson started his career in the military. [1] He was a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. [1] Knudson has an A.S. from Weber State University, his B.S. from Utah State University, his D.D.S. from University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, his M.S. from Loyola University and a Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Orthodontics, Loyola University. [1] Knudson met his wife, Georgie, in their senior year at the University of Utah. [2] She was engaged to someone else, and he was going steady. [2] After they had terminated their previous relationships, friends introduced them again and they began seeing each other. [2] Georgie attended Stanford University after finishing at the University of Utah while Knudson attended dental school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco. [2] By the end of their first quarter, they were engaged and they were married at the end of the school year in 1963. [2] They have four children. [2]

Background and notables[edit]

  • Brigham City Mayor ('78–90)
  • Brigam City Council ('74–78)
  • State Job Training Coord. Council (Chair '92–94)

Knudson worked as an orthodontist for many years. [1] Throughout his career, he won many awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Dental Association. [1] He also served on a number of dentistry and orthodontic boards, including the following:

  • Diplomat, American Board of Orthodontics
  • Fellow International College of Dentists
  • Fellow American College of Dentists, Utah Association of Orthodontists (past president)
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Orthodontists
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • College of Diplomats of the American Board of Orthodontists
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Utah Dental Association


Political career[edit]

Knudson started his political career on the Brigham City Council from 1974 to 1978. [1] He then served as Mayor of Brigham City from 1978 to 1990. [1] He was elected to the House of Representatives and served there from January 1, 1995 to December 31, 1998. [1] He was elected to the Senate in 1998. [1]Throughout his political career he also served on the Utah League of Cities and Towns as president and the National League of Cities on the Board of Directors and advisory council. [1] The Utah League of Cities and Council named Knudson the Most Outstanding Elected Public Official. [1] In 2014, Knudson served as the Assistant Majority Whip. [1] In 2014 he was also on the following committees:

  • Executive Appropriations Committee
  • Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee
  • Senate Ethics Committee (Chair)
  • Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee
  • Senate Rules Committee


2014 Sponsored legislation[edit]

Bill number and title Primary or floor sponsor Bill status
S.B. 22 Second Substitute Workforce Services Job Listing Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/29/2014
S.B. 33 Reauthorization of Veterans Reintegration Task Force Primary Senate/filed 3/13/2014
S.B. 68 Veterans Centers Primary Governor Signed 3/28/2014
S.B. 170 Substitute Education Loan Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/27/2014
S.B. 212 Invasive Species Amendments Primary Governor Signed 3/31/2014
H.B. 32 College Credit for Veterans Floor; Primary Rep. Cosgrove Governor Signed 3/31/2014
H.B. 99 County Officer Election Revisions Floor; Primary Rep. Draxler Governor Signed 3/6/2014
H.B. 194 Public Safety Retirement Conversion Window Floor; Primary Rep. Perry Governor Signed 3/20/2014
H.B. 222 Veteran's Preference Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Peterson Governor Signed 3/29/2014
H.B. 275 Second Substitute Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Floor; Primary Rep. Oda Governor Signed 3/28/2014
H.B. 327 Veterans' Employment Opportunity Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Ray Governor Signed 3/29/2014
H.B. 428 Veteran Benefit Assistance Disclosure Floor; Primary Rep. Cosgrove House/filed 3/13/2014
H.B. 435 Substitute Taxation of Property Amendments Floor; Primary Rep. Sagers House/filed 3/13/2014
H.C.R. 1 Substitute Concurrent Resolution Designating Call Your Military Hero Day Floor; Primary Rep. Fisher Governor Signed 3/25/2014
H.J.R. 10 Substitute Joint Rules Resolution Regarding a Long-term Planning Conference Floor; Primary Rep. Wilson Enrolled 3/4/2014


Pivotal bills / in the news[edit]

As Knudson is a former military man himself, he has been the primary and floor sponsor to many bills which help veterans. [3] In 2014, Knudson floor sponsored House Bill 275, which officially designates March 29 as Vietnam War Memorial Day. [3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Knudson, Peter C.". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Biological Sketch". Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Knudson, Peter C. Sponsored Legislation". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014.