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Sen. Gary Peters

Senator for Michigan

pronounced GAIR-ee // PEE-terz

Peters is the junior senator from Michigan and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Peters is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2014; and the representative for Michigan’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 2009 to 2012.

Photo of Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Peters.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Peters is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Peters has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 3, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Gary Peters sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Peters was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Peters sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Education (9%) Health (9%) Commerce (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Peters voted Nay

Peters voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Peters voted Aye

Peters voted Yea

Peters voted Yea

Peters voted No

Peters voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2019, Peters missed 12 of 1,483 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: