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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Analysis

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 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 about one third or more 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:

Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Commerce (14%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Health (7%) Arts, Culture, Religion (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Peters’s Vote Vote Description
Nay On the Nomination PN52: Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
May 22, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 82/13.
Yea On the Nomination PN102: Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
May 16, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 56/42.
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
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.
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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jun 2017, Peters missed 9 of 656 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. 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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