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 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.
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.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Peters.
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 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 3, 2017 to Feb 25, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Gary Peters sits on the following committees:
Peters was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3418 (116th): STORM Act
- S. 1869 (116th): Secure Federal LEASEs Act
- S. 2216 (116th): TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act
- S. 2730 (116th): Drone Advisory Committee for the 21st Century Act
- S. 1342 (116th): Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Act of 2020
- S. 1694 (116th): One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act
- S. 881 (116th): PROSWIFT Act
Does 20 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).
Peters sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Health (11%) Commerce (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Education (8%) Emergency Management (8%)
Some of Peters’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 442: A bill to amend title 40, United States Code, to require the Administrator ...
- S.Res. 48: An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental ...
- S. 272: A bill to amend the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, ...
- S. 258: A bill to help small businesses access capital and create jobs by reauthorizing ...
- S. 231: A bill to direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ...
- S. 5008 (116th): Federal System Incident Response Act of 2020
- S.Con.Res. 51 (116th): A concurrent resolution correcting the enrollment of S. 1869.
From Jan 2015 to Feb 2021, Peters missed 13 of 1,887 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. 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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