Peterson says 12 years in Congress were ‘for the folks’

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., just gave notice that he'll move out of his Washington apartment later this month. In his Capitol Hill office, he and his staff have begun emptying bookshelves and filling cardboard boxes.

Down will come the wall map of the Gulf Coast oil platforms, the framed photos of north-central Pennsylvania, the pennants from the schools that dot his sprawling, rural congressional district. Sometime this fall, the movers will cart away the small, round conference table at which, Peterson believes, he helped persuade a key John McCain adviser of the importance of offshore drilling.

After 12 years in Congress, Peterson will return to his two-acre garden in Pleasantville to spend his days tending thousands of roses and tulips while trying to figure out his next move.