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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
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 2019 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 6, 2015 to Oct 26, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Gary Peters sits on the following committees:
Peters was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 881: PROSWIFT Act
- S. 2193: CHARGE Act
- S. 760: Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019
- S. 3497: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act
- S. 2107: Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019
- S. 446: Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act
- S. 3031 (115th): Federal Personal Property Management Act of 2018
Does 13 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 (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Health (11%) Education (10%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Commerce (10%) Emergency Management (8%)
Some of Peters’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4719: Helping Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19 Act of 2020
- S. 4585: Delivering for America Act
- S.Res. 699: A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of September 11 ...
- S. 4561: Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act
- S. 4527: Delivering for America Act
- S. 4472: Ensuring Network Security Act
- S. 4492: Safe Drugs Act
From Jan 2015 to Oct 2020, Peters missed 14 of 1,753 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 1.9% 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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