Sally Pederson

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Sally Pederson
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45th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
In office
January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
Governor Tom Vilsack
Preceded by Joy Corning
Succeeded by Patty Judge
Personal details
Born (1951-01-13) January 13, 1951 (age 66)
Ottumwa, Iowa
Political party Democratic Party
Profession Editor

Sally Pederson (born January 13, 1951 in Ottumwa, Iowa) was the 45th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.[1] A Democrat, she is a native of Vinton, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in Ames.

Prior to being elected lieutenant governor on the Vilsack-Pederson ticket in 1998, Pederson served as an executive with the Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa. She also worked as an editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She ran for lieutenant governor again in 2002 and was re-elected.

During the 2004 presidential election, prior to the selection of John Edwards as the vice presidential candidate, it was widely rumored[2][3] that Vilsack would be asked to become presidential candidate John Kerry's running mate. It was later rumored[4]that Vilsack would have been offered a cabinet-level position in the event of a Kerry victory. Had that occurred, Pederson would have become the first female Governor of Iowa (this distinction ultimately went to Kim Reynolds in 2017).


Political offices
Preceded by
Joy Corning
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Succeeded by
Patty Judge