George N. Peterson, Jr

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George N. Peterson, Jr.
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 9th Worcester district
Assumed office
Preceded by Marsha Platt
Personal details
Born (1950-07-08) July 8, 1950 (age 64)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Grafton, Massachusetts
Occupation Tree Surgeon

George N. Peterson has been a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1994, representing the 9th Worcester district. Having previously served as the House minority whip, Peterson now serves as the assistant minority leader.

Early life and education[edit]

Peterson was raised in Grafton, Massachusetts. He attended Grafton Memorial Senior High School, followed by the UMass Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

Career before politics[edit]

After serving two years in the army, Peterson opened a small fish market which soon became very profitable.

Political career[edit]

Peterson first became involved in politics through his election in 1984 to the Grafton Planning Board. Soon after, he was elected to the Board of Selectmen, a position in which he served for five years. In 1994 Peterson was elected to represent the 9th Worcester district, consisting of Grafton, Northbridge and Upton, as well as parts of Westborough. He has served on the Rules and Natural Resources and Agriculture committees, and presently has a seat on the Joint Committee on Higher Education.