John Peterson

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John Peterson served the 5th Congressional district of Pennsylvania from 1997-2008

John E. Peterson was a Republican politician from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who represented the state's 5th Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1997-2008. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Peterson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

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Peterson received the lowest possible environmental rating from the nonpartisan League of Conservation Voters in 2006, casting what the group qualified as anti-environment votes on twelve out of twelve critical issues ranging from oil drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, salvage logging and logging roads, and the Clean Water Act, to the Toxics Release Inventory program and low-income energy assistance.[2]

The conservative environmental group Republicans for Environmental Protection singled out Peterson as “Worst in the House in 2006” on environmental issues. In addition to assigning the representative a score of zero for his voting record, REP censured him individually for “efforts to remove the moratorium on Outer Continental Shelf gas drilling through the Interior appropriations process.”[3] According to the League of Conservation Voters, “natural gas drilling can create massive amounts of water and air pollution and can leave open the possibility of oil spills, which would be toxic for a wide variety of marine and coastal life.”[4]


John E. Peterson was born December 25, 1938 in Titusville, Pennsylvania and he attended Penn State. Peterson was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Represenatives as a Republican in 1977 and he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1984.

Congressional career

Peterson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. Peterson has been re-elected four times without a Democratic opponent.

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Donald L. Hilliard to face Peterson in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Peterson retained his seat.


Peterson announced in January, 2008 he would not seek reelection and would instead retire at the end of this term. According to a statement, Peterson will spend more time with his family to deal with non-threatening health issues.[5]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for John Peterson
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-Chair, Home Health Care Working Group.
  • Rural Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Peterson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
123 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3805
Phone: 202-225-5121
Fax: 202-225-5796
Web Email

District Office - State College:
1524 West College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-238-1776
Fax: 814-238-1918

District Office - Titusville:
127 West Spring Street, Suite C
Titusville, PA 16354
Phone: 814-827-3985
Fax: 814-827-7307

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. LCV 2006 Scorecard
  3. Republicans for Environmental Protection 2006 Scorecard
  4. LCV 2005 ‘’Scorecard’’
  5. Kathleen Hunter "GOP Rep. Peterson Will Retire at End of Term", CQ Politics, January 3, 2008

External Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

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111th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and Related Agencies, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies,
Congressional Career
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November 5, 1996
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January 3, 1997
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January 3, 2009
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Pennsylvania Senate, Pennsylvania House of Representatives,
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Date of Birth: December 25, 1938