Janet Petersen

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Janet Petersen
Janet Petersen - Official Portrait - 84th GA.jpg
Minority Leader of the Iowa Senate
Assumed office
October 22, 2017
Preceded byRob Hogg
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Preceded byLiz Mathis
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 64th district
72nd (2001–2003)
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 13, 2013
Preceded byJack Holveck
Succeeded byBruce Bearinger
Personal details
Born (1970-08-01) August 1, 1970 (age 48)
Beaverdale, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Brian Pattinson
EducationUniversity of Northern Iowa (BA)
Drake University (MA)
WebsiteCampaign website

Janet Petersen (born August 1, 1970) is the Iowa State Senator from the 18th district. She has served in the Iowa Senate since 2013. Previously she served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. She received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa and her MA from Drake University.

Petersen serves on several committees in the Iowa Senate - the Government Oversight, Judiciary, State Government and Ways & Means committees. She also serves as the ranking member of the Commerce Committee. Peterson currently serves as state Senate minority leader after replacing Rob Hogg in October 2017.[1] She is the first woman to lead the Senate Democratic caucus.

Career[edit]

Before her election to the state legislature, Petersen worked for the '92 Clinton-Gore campaign, the American Heart Association, and Strategic America, a marketing communications firm.[2]

Since becoming a politician, much of her private work has focused on making Iowa "the safest place in the nation to have a baby". In 2004, she helped launch a stillbirth registry project that brings in more than $2 million a year to find causes and cures of stillbirths.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives primary elections, 2000 [3]
District 72
Turnout: 3,228
Democratic Janet PetersenDemocratic1,89758.8
Kevin McCarthy Democratic1,28939.9
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2000 [4]
District 72
Turnout: 13,701
Democratic hold Janet PetersenDemocratic8,84364.5
Jeff Chavannes Republican4,84335.3
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [5]
District 64
Democratic (newly redistricted) Janet Petersen*Democraticunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [6]
District 64
Turnout: 15,673
Democratic hold Janet Petersen*Democratic9,87663.0
Eric Goranson Republican5,78136.9
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [7]
District 64
Democratic hold Janet Petersen*Democraticunopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [8]
District 64
Turnout: 15,323
Democratic hold Janet Petersen*Democratic10,25967.0
Steve Svejda Republican5,03432.9
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010 [9][10]
District 64
Turnout: 12,376
Democratic hold Janet Petersen*Democratic6,68954.0
Dan Kennedy Republican3,62629.3
Vicki Stogdill Independent1,49012.0
Iowa Senate elections, 2012 [11]
District 18
Turnout: 28,968
Democratic (newly redistricted) Janet PetersenDemocratic18,95469.2
Jeff Chavannes Republican8,45530.8
Iowa Senate elections, 2016 [12]
District 18
Democratic hold Janet PetersenDemocraticunopposed

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/iowa-senate-democrats-oust-hogg-opt-for-new-leadership-with-petersen-20171022
  2. ^ a b "About - State Senator Janet Petersen". Iowa Senate. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ "June 6, 2000 - Primary Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. p. 30. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  4. ^ "November 7, 2000 - General Election, Iowa Official Results, State House of Representatives" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-07-16. p. 16. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  5. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 34. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  6. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 32. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  7. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 41. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  8. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  9. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held November 2, 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2010-12-16. p. 105. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  10. ^ "Sample Ballot, State Representative, District 64" (PDF). Polk County Auditor. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  11. ^ "Official Results Report, General Election held November 6, 2010" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State. 2012-12-16. p. 29. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  12. ^ "Janet Petersen Elections". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2017-02-28.

External links[edit]

Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jack Holveck
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 72nd district

2001–2003
Succeeded by
Rich Arnold
Preceded by
Mark Smith
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 64th district

2003–2013
Succeeded by
Bruce Bearinger
Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Liz Mathis
Member of the Wyoming Senate
from the 18th district

2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Rob Hogg
Minority Leader of the Wyoming Senate
2017–present