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John E. Peterson

John E. Peterson, former United States Representative from Pennsylvania.


  • Peterson, John E. was born on December 25, 1938 in Titusville, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Axel Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Baker) Peterson.

  • Education

    • Graduate from rural leadership progressive, Pennsylvania State University.


    • Owner retail food market, Pleasantville, Pennsylvania, 1958-1984. Member Pleasantville City Council, 1969—1977, Pennsylvania State House Representatives from 65th district, 1977-1984, Pennsylvania State Senate from 25th district, 1984-1996, United States Congress from 5th Pennsylvania district, 1997—2009, member appropriations committee, co-chair Congressional Rural Caucus. Member Public Health and Welfare Committee, now chairman;active PENNVEST Board, Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council.

      Secretary Center Rural Pennsylvania. Served in United States Army, 1957-1963.


    The state cannot control the church, nor should the church attempt to dominate the state. However, religious expression should be present in public life.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    The ultimate goal to be attained is not only to be saved from something. The purpose God has is to be saved to something.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Spiritual support, encouragement and challenge should be major strengths of a Christian community.


    Member regional advisory coum. Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. Board advisory Foxview Manor, Inc.

    Member advisory board University Pittsburgh, Titusville and Bradford campuses. Member advisory council Indiana University of Pennsylvania Culinary School. Active Pennsylvania Trauma Center Foundation, Venango County Industrial Board.

    Member Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Pleasantville Parent-Teachers Association, Lions.


    • Married Saundra June Watson, 1968. Children: Richard D., Florence Waychoff.
    • father: Axel Benjamin Peterson
    • mother: Mary Elizabeth (Baker) Peterson
    • spouse: Saundra June Watson
    • children: Richard D. Peterson
    • Florence Waychoff Peterson
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    • 1958 - 1984
      Owner retail food market
      Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States
    • 1969 - 1977
      member, Pleasantville City Council
    • 1977 - 1984
      member, Pleasantville City Council
    • 1984 - 1996
      member, Pleasantville City Council
    • 1997 - 2009
      member, Pleasantville City Council