HONORING THE CAREER OF J. SCOTT PETERSEN; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 202
(Extensions of Remarks - December 21, 2018)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                             HON. JIM COSTA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, December 21, 2018

  Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the service of J. Scott 
Petersen, whose time on Capitol Hill will come to an end this Friday, 
December 21, 2018.
  Mr. Petersen began his journey here in the House of Representatives 
as a Science and Technology Fellow in the office of former Congressman 
Dennis Cardoza, where his natural resource expertise and political 
acuity were quickly recognized and rewarded. Since he joined Team 
Costa, Scott has proven himself an exceptional employee, advisor, and 
friend. His ability to forge consensus in difficult negotiations and 
his expert knowledge of water resources is unparalleled here in 
Congress. Over the years he has played a key role in passing 
legislation such as the WIIN Act. He holds the respect of his staff, 
peers, and principals for his bipartisanship, effectiveness, and 
decisive judgment.
  Scott Petersen was born in Riverside on September 2, 1979. Scott 
attended California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, earning a 
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and later receiving a 
Certificate in Land Use and Planning from the University of California, 
  As a California native, Scott enjoys being in the great outdoors, 
whether capturing nature's wonder behind the lens of his camera, 
hiking, or climbing the face of Yosemite's iconic Half Dome. Scott will 
always be remembered for his sense of humor, love of protein shakes, 
and ability to equally appreciate both the finer and simpler pleasures 
in life.
  As a member of Team Costa, Scott left his mark through his commitment 
to the natural resources issues affecting the San Joaquin Valley, with 
his greatest contributions coming from his work on water resources 
issues impacting Californians. In continuing pursuit of these goals, 
Scott will be moving back to California to become the Director of Water 
Resources and Science Policy for the San Luis and Delta Mendota Water 
Authority. I can think of no better person for the job.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing the 
service of Mr. Scott Petersen and wish him the best in this transition, 
and what will undoubtedly be a bright future.