Bob Peterson (North Dakota politician)

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Bob Peterson
Auditor of North Dakota
In office
January 3, 1997 – December 15, 2016
Governor Ed Schafer
John Hoeven
Jack Dalrymple
Preceded by Robert Peterson
Succeeded by Josh Gallion
Personal details
Born (1951-09-26) September 26, 1951 (age 65)
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Williston State College
University of North Dakota (BS)

Robert Randall Peterson (born September 26, 1951 in Fargo, North Dakota) is a North Dakota public servant and politician with the Republican Party who served as North Dakota State Auditor from 1997 to 2016. He was also a Presidential Elector for the state in 1996. His father, Robert W. Peterson, was his predecessor as State Auditor; he served from 1973 to 1996.


Bob Peterson is a graduate of Williston High School. He received his Associate in Arts degree from UND-Williston and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota. He also took classes in accounting at the University of Mary. He served as the accounting and budget specialist for the North Dakota State Land Department from 1978 to 1996 when he was elected as North Dakota State Auditor. He lives in Bismarck and is married to Kathleen and has one daughter, Brynn.[1]

In 2015, Peterson announced that he would not seek a sixth term in the 2016 election.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

North Dakota Auditor Election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert "Bob" Peterson 140,596 54.61
Democratic Shirley Dykshoorn 116,864 45.39
North Dakota Auditor Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert "Bob" Peterson (inc.) 165,026 60.55
Democratic Mary Ekstrom 107,505 39.45
North Dakota Auditor Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert "Bob" Peterson (inc.) 188,822 64.24
Democratic Brent Edison 105,102 35.76
North Dakota Auditor Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert "Bob" Peterson (inc.) 179,897 60.74
Democratic Daryl Splichal 116,269 39.26
North Dakota Auditor Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert "Bob" Peterson (inc.) 188,859 62.50
Democratic Scott Kelsh 112,803 37.33
Write-ins Write-ins 515 0.17


  1. ^ North Dakota Blue Book, 2005
  2. ^ Macpherson, James (October 23, 2015). "Auditor Peterson says no 6th term; end of family era". Energy Media Group. Associated Press. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Peterson
Auditor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Josh Gallion