Peter C. Knudson

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Peter C. Knudson
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 17th district
In office
1998 – present
Personal details
Born (1937-10-26) October 26, 1937 (age 78)
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]

Peter Knudsen works as an orthodontics specialist at the University of Utah at the Greenwood clinic.

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] Peter Knudson won reelection in 2014 against two challengers, one democrat, and one member of the constitution party. He won 75% of the vote.[3] In 2016, Knudson served as the Assistant Majority Whip.[1] In 2016 he was also on the following committees:

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




2014 Utah State Senate election District 24
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Peter Knudson 14,431 74.7%
Democratic Scott Totman 2,949 15.3%



2016 sponsored bills[edit]

Bill number and title Bill status
S.B. 18 Workforce Services Job Listings Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016
S.B. 35 Veteran License Plates Amendments Governor Signed 3/18/2016
S.B. 53 Veteran's Definition Amendments Governor Signed 3/23/2016


Notable legislation[edit]

As Knudson is a former military man himself, he has been the primary and floor sponsor to many bills which help veterans.[6] In 2014, Knudson floor sponsored House Bill 275, which officially designates March 29 as Vietnam War Memorial Day.[6] During the 2016 legislative session Senator Knudson passed a veteran's license plate bill that allows veterans to display a license plate indicating which campaign or theater the veteran served in.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "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 "Peter Knudson - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  4. ^ "District 17 Senator - Utah State Senate". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  5. ^ "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Knudson, Peter C. Sponsored Legislation". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "SB0035". Retrieved 2016-03-31.