About Pete Petersen
Pete Petersen represents Northeast Anchorage and Muldoon in the Alaska State House since his election in 2008, and he has worked hard every day to make sure his neighbors have a voice in the Legislature. Pete moved to Anchorage 29 years ago because of the freedom and opportunities Alaska offers, and he is committed to making sure that these freedoms and opportunities remain for future generations.
Pete ran for office in 2008 because he was tired of watching career politicians putting the special interests ahead of the people they are supposed to represent. In the Legislature Pete has established himself a leader on energy issues, and he has led the fight to outlaw gas price gouging and develop renewable energy resources.
Pete was born in Wyoming, Iowa and grew up on his family's farm in eastern Iowa. Pete received an associate's degree from Ellsworth Community College and a bachelor's degree in political science and business administration from the University of Northern Iowa.
Pete served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic teaching modern farming techniques. Pete also helped organize and played on a rugby team that went on to win the Dominican National Championship.
After moving to Anchorage, Pete opened a pizza and sandwich delivery restaurant which he owned and operated for more than 15 years.
Pete has mentored hundreds of East Anchorage youth over the last decade as a coach at Nunaka Valley Little League, and he has previously served on the board of directors of the Northeast Community Council.