Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Created on March 13, 1843, Carbon County, with its seat at Mauch Chunk, became the commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s newest county. Many people wanted the new county and Packer presented no less than 15 petitions on behalf of its formation. However, not everyone agreed with that course of action and Packer dutifully presented a petition from constituents that did not want a new county. Overall, Packer's sparse participation in legislative debates characterized his career as a politician. Having accomplished his goal, Packer did not seek re-election in the fall of 1843. A reflection of his personality in general, he refused to engage in open debates and preferred to stay in the background. However, do not take his silence for apathy. Packer's sense of duty kept him firmly engaged in political life when called on by the people, even if the records reveal a lack of activity once elected.