Pete Hanebutt is a 1993 Purdue University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in animal agribusiness. Pete joined the staff of Indiana Farm Bureau in 1994 as an area field representative for counties in northwest Indiana. His responsibilities included membership relations, agricultural promotion, coordinating local political activities, and Farm Bureau leadership development.
Since 1996, Pete has held the position of political education specialist in Farm Bureau’s government relations division. His current duties include Statehouse and congressional relations, grassroots lobbying activities, and facilitating Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT political action committee activities. These duties often involve ag policy issues such as confined animal feeding, water and air quality, farmland preservation and rural development.
One of Pete’s major activities includes facilitating Farm Bureau’s campaign school. Each year the school teaches candidates for public office the structure, strategy, and activities necessary to plan and execute a successful political campaign. Since 1997 the school has trained candidates seeking all levels of political office and has enjoyed a success rate of over 70 percent for general election candidates. In addition to General Assembly and statewide elected officials, campaign school graduates currently hold office in 45 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
Pete sings in the choir and is president of the church council at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church near Fountain Square in Indianapolis. He lives with his wife, Diane, and their two sons in historic Fletcher Place in downtown Indianapolis, where they enjoy restoring their Victorian-era home.