Sen. Gary Peters

Senator from Michigan, Democrat

Peters, a Democrat, is the junior senator from Michigan and has served since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district (2013-2014); and the representative for Michigan's 9th congressional district (2009-2012).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Peters.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Peters has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Peters is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Gary Peters sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Peters was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Peters sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Taxation (14%) Commerce (14%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Health (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Peters’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Peters’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Aye H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
Yea H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.Con.Res. 308 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Jul 29, 2010. Passed 231/189.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Mar 2017, Peters missed 8 of 594 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 85 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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