Peter C. Knudson

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Peter C. Knudson
Knudson in 2013
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 17th district
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 1, 2019
Preceded byBill Wright[1]
Succeeded byScott Sandall[2]
Member of the Utah Senate
from the 24th district
In office
January 20, 1999 – January 20, 2003
Preceded byJohn P. Holmgren[3]
Succeeded byLeonard Blackham
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1998
Preceded byRob Bishop[4]
Succeeded byBen Ferry[5]
36th Mayor of Brigham City
In office
January 3, 1978 – January 5, 1990
Preceded byHarold B. Felt[6]
Succeeded byClark N. Davis
Member of the Brigham City Council
In office
Preceded byRudolph M. Kaiser[7]
Succeeded byRobert C. Valentine[8]
Personal details
Born(1937-10-26)October 26, 1937
Brigham City, Utah, U.S.
DiedJune 9, 2024(2024-06-09) (aged 86)
Political partyRepublican
Residence(s)Brigham City, Utah

Peter Charles Knudson (October 26, 1937 – June 5, 2024) was an American politician. A Republican, he was a member of the Utah State Senate, representing the state's 17th senate district in Box Elder, Cache and Tooele Counties including Brigham City until 2019.



Knudson was born in Brigham City, Utah, on October 26, 1937.[9] He started his career in the military.[10] He was a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.[10] 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[which?] and a Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Orthodontics, Loyola University.[10] Knudson met his wife, Georgie, in their senior year at the University of Utah.[11] She was engaged to someone else, and he was going steady.[11] After they had terminated their previous relationships, friends introduced them again and they began seeing each other.[11] 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.[11] By the end of their first quarter, they were engaged and they were married at the end of the school year in 1963.[11] They have four children.[11]

Knudson worked as an orthodontics specialist at the University of Utah at the Greenwood clinic.

Knudson died June 5, 2024, at the age of 86.[12]

Background and affiliations

  • Brigham City Mayor (1978–1990)
  • Brigam City Council (1974–1978)
  • State Job Training Coord. Council (chair, 1992–1994)

Knudson worked as an orthodontist for many years.[10] Throughout his career, he won many awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Dental Association.[10] 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


Knudson started his political career on the Brigham City Council from 1974 to 1978.[10] He then served as the 36th[13] Mayor of Brigham City from 1978 to 1990.[10] He was elected to the House of Representatives and served there from January 1, 1995, to December 31, 1998.[10] He was elected to the Senate in 1998.[10] 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.[10] The Utah League of Cities and Council named Knudson the Most Outstanding Elected Public Official.[10] Peter Knudson won reelection in 2014 against two challengers, one Democrat, and one member of the Constitution Party. He won 75% of the vote.[14] In 2016, Knudson served as the Assistant Majority Whip.[10] 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

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


As Knudson is a former military man himself, he has been the primary and floor sponsor to many bills which help veterans.[17] In 2014, Knudson floor sponsored House Bill 275, which officially designates March 29 as Vietnam War Memorial Day.[17] During the 2016 legislative session Senator Knudson passed a veteran's license plate bill that allows veterans to display a license plate indicating the campaign or theater in which the veteran served.[18]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State Senate 17 Race - Nov 05, 2002".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State Senate 17 Race - Nov 04, 2014".
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State Senate 24 Race - Nov 03, 1998".
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State House 02 Race - Nov 08, 1994".
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - UT State House 02 Race - Nov 05, 1996".
  6. ^ "Mayor of Brigham City". July 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "27 Jan 1974, 36 - The Daily Herald at". January 27, 1974. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  8. ^ "25 Jan 1978, 23 - The Daily Herald at". January 25, 1978. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  9. ^ Peter Knudson Obituary
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Knudson, Peter C." Utah State Senate. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Biological Sketch". Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  12. ^ Lewis, Scott (June 13, 2024). "Services set for late Brigham City mayor, state Rep. and Sen. Peter Knudson, 86". ABC4. Retrieved June 14, 2024.
  13. ^ "Peter C. Knudson". Brigham City History Project. January 7, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Peter Knudson - Ballotpedia". Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "District 17 Senator - Utah State Senate". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  16. ^ "2016 -- Legislation(Senate)". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Knudson, Peter C. Sponsored Legislation". Utah State Senate. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  18. ^ "SB0035". Retrieved March 31, 2016.