State Representative George Peterson(R-Grafton) announced last night that he is leaving the Great and General Court at the end of his current term. He is not seeking reelection. The Worcester Telegram has the story.
Mr. Peterson said making the decision was extremely difficult because Beacon Hill has been his “second home” for two decades. “While my heart has always been in Grafton and the people of 9th Worcester District, my time in Boston has been invaluable,” he said.
“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,” he said in his announcement.
Known as an advocate for businesses, sportsmen, open space preservation and smaller government, Mr. Peterson previously served five years as a selectman in Grafton.
George has been a great representative of both Grafton and Central Massachusetts for two decades. While we’ve not always seen eye to eye on certain issues, George will be a sorely missed voice of reason on Beacon Hill.
“On behalf of Massachusetts Republicans, I congratulate Representative Peterson for his years of tireless service on behalf of his constituents in the 9th Worcester District and the entire Commonwealth,” said Kirsten Hughes, the Chairman of the Maassachusetts Republican Party. “He is a principled leader whose presence will be missed as he and wife enjoy a well-deserved retirement.”