Peter Hoagland

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Peter Hoagland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byHal Daub
Succeeded byJon Christensen
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 6th district
In office
Preceded byHarold T. Moylan
Succeeded byBrad Ashford
Personal details
Peter Jackson Hoagland

(1941-11-17)November 17, 1941
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedOctober 30, 2007(2007-10-30) (aged 65)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Barbara Erickson Hoagland
Alma materStanford University
Yale Law School

Peter Jackson Hoagland[1] (November 17, 1941 – October 30, 2007) was a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. A member of the Democratic Party, Hoagland represented Nebraska's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1995.

Hoagland was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from Omaha Central High School and then Stanford University in 1963. He was a first lieutenant in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965 during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1968 and was admitted to the bar the same year. He set up practice in Washington, D.C. as a clerk to Judge Oliver Gasch of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1969 to 1970. He was a staff attorney at the District of Columbia public defender service from 1970 to 1973.

External video
Booknotes interview with Robert Cwiklik on House Rules, February 2, 1992, C-SPAN

Hoagland was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978 and served until 1986 when he declined to seek re-election. However, in 1988, when Hal Daub decided to run for the U.S. Senate, Hoagland ran for the open seat and was elected to serve in the 101st Congress. Hoagland's freshman term in the House was the subject of the book House Rules: A Freshman Congressman's Initiation to the Backslapping, Backpedaling, and Backstabbing Ways of Washington by journalist Robert Cwiklik.[2] He was re-elected in 1990 and 1992. In 1994, he was defeated for re-election by Jon Christensen; his defeat was attributed to the Republican Revolution. No other Democrat would be elected to represent Nebraska in the U.S. House until Brad Ashford was elected in 2014.

Throughout his terms in Congress, Hoagland was a strong advocate for the environment. In 1990, The League of Conservation Voters released a National Environmental Scorecard ranking members of Congress on their environmental voting records. Peter Hoagland scored a perfect 100%.[3] He was a member of the Episcopal church and the American Bar Association. In 1977, he was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board.

After leaving Congress in 1995, Hoagland lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked for a law firm.

Hoagland suffered from Parkinson's disease for the last five years of his life. He died in Washington, D.C. on October 30, 2007 at age 65.[4]


  1. ^ "Nebraska Congressman Peter J. Hoagland, 65". The Washington Post Newspaper, Washington, D.C., USA. November 2, 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  2. ^ "House Rules". Kirkus Reviews. November 15, 1991. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Lawmakers Graded on the Environment, The Washington Post, October 17, 1990
  4. ^ Cordes, Henry J. (November 1, 2007). "Hoagland is praised by former colleagues - Members of the House pause to remember the late Nebraska Democrat". The Omaha World-Herald Newspaper, Omaha, Douglas County, NE, USA.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hal Daub
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska's 2nd congressional district
1989 - 1995
Succeeded by
Jon Christensen