Member Biography

John E. Peterson 


Courtesy: Office of the Clerk, US House of Representatives


Sessions Office Position District Party
1985       25 Republican
1986       25 Republican
1987       25 Republican
1988       25 Republican
1989       25 Republican
1990       25 Republican
1991       25 Republican
1992       25 Republican
1993       25 Republican
1994       25 Republican
1995       25 Republican
1996       25 Republican


12/25/1938 -

John E. Peterson (R25) Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, Potter, Warren, Clearfield (part), Erie (part), Jefferson (part), Venango (part) Counties 1985-1996  

Early Life:

John E. Peterson, born December 25, 1938, Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; Titusville High School; attended, Public Affairs Leadership Training, Pennsylvania State University; active, reserve duty, Specialist Second Class, United States Army, 1958-1964; food merchant; board director, Titusville Hospital; elected, council and president, Pleasantville Borough, 1969-1977; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Special Election, 1977-1984; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1985-1996; chair, Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, 1995-1996; elected, United States Congress, 1997-2009; elected, delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004; not a candidate for reelection to Congress, 2008.


Congressional Partnership Award by the National Association of Development Organizations; Policymaker of the Year, Association for Career and Technical Education; Legislator of the Year, National Rural Health Association, 2002.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, council and president, Pleasantville Borough, 1969-1977.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Special Election, June 1977, replaced Robert J. Kusse, who became senator, replacing Richard Frame, death; 1977-1984; appointed, Select Committee to Investigate the Crisis in Staffing of Welfare Offices in the Commonwealth, 1984; not a candidate for reelection, 1984.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 25th district, Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean, Potter, Warren, Clearfield (part), Erie (part), Jefferson (part), Venango (part) Counties, 1985-1996; appointed, Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee, 1985-1994; appointed, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, 1987-1996; appointed, board, PennVEST, 1989-1996; appointed, board, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, 1991-1996; elected, chairman, Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, 1995-1996.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004.

Elected, Republican, United States Congress, 1997-2009; appointed, House Appropriations Committee, 1998, member, Subcommittee on Labor; Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Subcommittee on Education; Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Not a candidate for reelection, 2008.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Congressional Biography

After 12 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John E. Peterson  went on to serve in congress