Dean Knudson

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Dean R. Knudson
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 30th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Kitty Rhoades
Mayor of Hudson, Wisconsin
In office
April 15, 2008 – April 20, 2010
Preceded by Jack Breault
Personal details
Born (1961-04-29) April 29, 1961 (age 55)
Mayville, North Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joy Schlichting Knudson (m. 1987)
Alma mater North Dakota State University
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Profession Veterinarian, politician, businessman
Religion Lutheran

Dean Knudson (born April 29, 1961) is a Wisconsin State Assemblyman for the 30th district. He is also the former Mayor of Hudson, Wisconsin. He was elected to his first term as mayor of Hudson on April 1, 2008, with 87% of the vote.[1] On April 15, 2008, he took office as the 52nd mayor of Hudson.[2] Knudson previously served three terms as Alderman on the Hudson City Council from 1995 to 2001. Knudson replaced Jack Breault who retired after 14 years as Hudson mayor.

Knudson attended North Dakota State University before receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1986.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

The 2008 mayoral election took an unusual twist when Knudson's opponent, Todd Erskine, suspended his campaign and released an endorsement of Knudson.[4] "I think he's more qualified for the job," Erskine said of Knudson. "So I'm supporting him."[5]

Knudson was re-elected over challenger Kevin Hartman in 2010 receiving 93% of the vote.


  1. ^ "Knudson elected mayor of Hudson". Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
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  3. ^ "Knudson for Assembly". Knudson for Assembly. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Candidate for mayor in Hudson, Wis., is now backing his opponent". Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Watercooler Stories". UPI. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Official City of Hudson website
  • [2] Campaign website