George N. Peterson

George N. PetersonAs a graduate of Grafton Memorial High School, George Peterson attended UMass Stockbridge for Park Management and Arborculture prior to serving two years in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, Representative Peterson found himself destined to be an entrepreneur and began operating a small fish market in Grafton. After ten years, the business was netting sales of over $500,000 annually. After facing the many challenges of becoming a successful business owner, George Peterson was inspired to serve his community in a greater capacity.

In 1984, Representative Peterson campaigned diligently and became a member of the Grafton Planning Board, showing his neighbors his passion and ability to aid his town during a particularly high period of growth. Drawing on his experiences as a small business owner, Representative Peterson then ran for the Board of Selectman, where he served for five years before running for a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature.

George Peterson was first elected in 1994 and is now serving his ninth term as the 9th Worcester District’s representative to the General Court. He has served on several committees, including Natural Resources & Agriculture, Higher Education, Housing, Transportation, and the Rules Committee, as well as being the House Minority Whip.

He now serves as the Assistant Minority Leader, while serving as the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading.

George Peterson is married to Diana, and has four wonderful children.

George’s comments on MA HOBY: “MA HOBY is a great organization, and working with high school students to teach them how to become great leaders makes this an invaluable program. I am proud to be a part of this program, and extremely proud of how this program has grown over the years. I look forward to its continued success.”