Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) announced today that he will not be seeking re-election, retiring after a decade’s service in the House and a nearly 40-year career in public service. He’ll be sorely missed. Peterson has been a strong supporter of the manufacturing economy — a 100 percent NAM voting record in 2006 — and the National Association of Manufacturers especially appreciates all he has done for America’s energy security.
From his news release:
It has been an extraordinary privilege serving the people of the Fifth District, the Commonwealth and our country. As a representative of northwest and north central Pennsylvania for three decades in Harrisburg and Washington, I have always placed the needs of our citizens over my own, which makes the decision to leave elected public service and the entrusted positions, which I truly value and love, one of the most difficult I have ever made. Unfortunately, although still young at heart, a few chronic, non-threatening health issues have to be addressed at home, requiring me to devote more time to my family – time and presence which would not be possible if I sought reelection.
Representative Peterson has been a dedicated and effective advocate of domestic energy production, drawing the clear connection between energy and economic growth. He has led the fight for accessing the abundant natural gas resources available in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, playing a key role last year in successful legislation that opened additional areas of the Gulf of Mexico to energy development. He’ll undoubtedly keep arguing the case in Congress and afterward.
Congratulations on your service, Congressman, and the NAM looks forward to working with you in 2008.
P.S. House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) pays tribute to Peterson in this statement, also noting the Congressman’s work on energy issues.
It’s worth noting that when John and I first came to Congress together in 1997, crude oil was priced at $23 a barrel, a gallon of gasoline went for $1.25, and natural gas hovered around two dollars a thousand. More than a decade later, with oil in triple-digits and American manufacturers being forced overseas by spiraling natural gas costs, John’s message of responsible energy development may be more relevant and important today than ever before.
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