Douglas Brian “Pete” Peterson is an American politician and diplomat who served as an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War. In 1966, on his 67 mission over North Vietnam, Peterson’s plane was shot down and he spent six years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese Army (POW photo at left). After returning to the United States, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served from 1991 to 1997. Pete Peterson returned to Hanoi in 1997 after Bill Clinton appointed him as the first post-war ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. One of Peterson’s goals was to secure an account of MIA and POW soldiers. Since retiring as ambassador he has devoted himself to philanthropic work.
The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census. The number of Representatives is set by law at 435. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration. The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.
Pete Peterson was a member of the U.S. House Representatives. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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