C.J. would be the first openly-gay man elected to the State Senate from this district.
C.J. Petersen was born and raised in western Iowa, where he experienced firsthand the benefits of a quality early childhood education in Denison and later graduated from Atlantic High School. C.J. has spent the last ten years working with the public in sales, solving problems and earning the trust of his clientele. He currently works in Carroll.
Since 2018, C.J. has lived in Breda with his fiancé and lifelong Carroll County resident, Luke Schulte. The happy couple never miss a chance to enjoy a home-cooked dinner together. They share their home with their beloved Boston Terrier, Pumbaa, and two rescue cats, Lucky and Lieutenant Dan.
A man of faith, C.J. is an active congregant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Denison where he regularly serves as a worship leader. He is also a member of the Bishop Search & Nominating Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa.
In what spare time he can find, C.J. is an avid reader. He attributes his love of books and learning to his grandparents, Soren and Judith Petersen, who owned and operated the Atlantic Bookbinding Company for nearly fifty years. C.J. is fluent in American Sign Language and speaks un poco de Español.