DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – Former New Hampshire Gov. Walter Peterson and his granddaughter share more than family ties.

They share a family tradition of public service.

Peterson and 21-year-old Anna Peterson both sit on the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees. Anna Peterson is a senior at the University of New Hampshire and won the post last year, one of two for students.

Chancellor Stephen Reno says the family connection never comes up during meetings.

“I will say, however, there are times I will look over and see her grandfather smiling broadly and vice versa,” said Reno.

“It’s fun for me to see her involved,” said Peterson.

Peterson says when he was governor a law was passed creating the office of student trustee. Peterson says life does come full circle. Peterson was governor from 1969 to 1973.

Anna Peterson will graduate in June with a dual major in history and justice studies. She plans to attend law school and has been accepted at Tulane University.

“I’m not sure about politics,” she said of her future. “I’m very interested in going to law school.”

But she also says she sees the good politicians can accomplish.

“There’s always an influence growing up with it,” she said. “If I move back to New Hampshire, there’d be some interest.”



Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.unionleader.com

AP-ES-02-25-08 0931EST


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