State Rep. George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, will not be seeking re-election to the post he’s held for more than 20 years.
The assistant house minority leader, whose district encompasses Grafton, Upton and Northbridge, joked Saturday, “I have seven grandkids and an RV that is underused. I think I’ll find plenty to do after next January.”
Who wants to start playing “Who’s gonna run for state rep?” I know of one for certain; I have definite opinions on others. Buy me coffee, we’ll chat.
Peterson’s official statement:
Today, with a heavy heart, but a clear mind, I announce that I will not seek re-election for the office of State Representative. My decision to retire from the House of Representatives has been extremely difficult. However, this next chapter in life will allow me to join my wife Diana in spending quality time with our children and grandchildren as we travel around the country.
For over 20 years, Beacon Hill has been my second home. While my heart has always been in Grafton, and with the people of the Ninth Worcester District, my time in Boston has been invaluable. Being a legislator, let alone a Republican lawmaker, can be a test of will and patience. However, I wouldn’t trade my time as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature for anything. My tenure in the House of Representatives has not only allowed me the opportunity to forge relationships with my colleagues in the Legislature, but it has provided me the soap box necessary to help make the Commonwealth a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Perhaps the hardest part of leaving the job I love is having to bid farewell to the House Minority Leader, our leadership team, and all of my Republican colleagues. This group of lawmakers, albeit small, works day in and day out to effect positive change in the lives of the residents of Massachusetts. We have cheered one another along in victory, and remained strong and united in defeat. I am forever grateful to them for their guidance and friendship.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank the staff for all of their tireless work, and continued dedication. Since being elected in 1994, I have worked side-by-side with some truly incredible aides and analysts. These individuals are continually the first ones in, and the last ones out. We as legislators would not be where we are today without their unwavering support.
This announcement is not my departure from Massachusetts and its political landscape. While I may be hanging up my hat as an elected official, this state is home, and I care too much about its wellbeing to walk away altogether. I will forever have a vested interest in continuing to make the Commonwealth a continued source of pride for future generations.