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Sen. Gary Peters’s 2020 Report Card

Junior Senator from Michigan
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2027


These statistics cover Peters’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Peters’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Wrote the 2nd most laws compared to All Senators

Peters introduced 13 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 446: Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization ...; S. 760: Support for Veterans in Effective ...; S. 881: PROSWIFT Act; S. 1342: Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index ...; S. 1694: One Small Step to Protect ...; S. 1869: Secure Federal LEASEs Act; S. 2107: Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture ...; S. 2193: CHARGE Act; S. 2216: TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act; S. 2730: Drone Advisory Committee for the ...; S. 3418: STORM Act; S. 3497: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act; S. 4070: A bill to designate the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 2nd most often compared to Senate Democrats

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Peters introduced 33 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 406: Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program ...; S. 446: Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization ...; S. 760: Support for Veterans in Effective ...; S. 881: PROSWIFT Act; S. 1004: Securing America’s Ports of Entry ...; S. 1085: Vehicle Innovation Act of 2019; S. 1342: Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index ...; S. 1388: Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act ...; S. 1694: One Small Step to Protect ...; S. 1846: State and Local Government Cybersecurity ...; S. 1869: Secure Federal LEASEs Act; S. 1874: BRIGHT Act; S. 2107: Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture ...; S. 2193: CHARGE Act; S. 2216: TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act; S. 2353: Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances ...; S. 2560: Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act ...; S. 2730: Drone Advisory Committee for the ...; S. 2749: DOTGOV Act of 2019; S. 3038: PRICE Act of 2019; S. 3303: Promoting Service in Transportation Act; S. 3418: STORM Act; S. 3497: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act; S. 3658: Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity ...; S. 4070: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4472: Ensuring Network Security Act; S. 4719: Helping Manufacturers Respond to COVID–19 ...; S.Res. 199: A resolution honoring the life ...; S.Res. 311: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 334: A resolution instructing the managers ...; S.Res. 433: A resolution designating February 1, ...; S.Res. 699: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Con.Res. 51: A concurrent resolution correcting the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Ranked 6th most politically right compared to Senate Democrats

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Peters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (87th percentile); All Senators (41st percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 531 bills that Peters cosponsored, 37% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got influential cosponsors the 8th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

15 of Peters’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 406: Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program ...; S. 598: BRAVE Act of 2019; S. 1388: Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act ...; S. 1454: Voting System Cybersecurity Act of ...; S. 1465: Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient ...; S. 1843: Outsourcing Accountability Act of 2019; S. 1874: BRIGHT Act; S. 2034: Small Business Cybersecurity Assistance Act ...; S. 2216: TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act; S. 2434: National Criminal Justice Commission Act ...; S. 2749: DOTGOV Act of 2019; S. 3418: STORM Act; S. 3497: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act; S. 4169: National Commission on United States ...; S. 4193: 1619 Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th most bills compared to All Senators

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 61 of Peters’s 95 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Peters caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Was 10th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Peters missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Peters’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Introduced the 13th most bills compared to All Senators

Peters introduced 95 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (76th percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 24th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Peters cosponsored 531 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (48th percentile); All Senators (75th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 of Peters’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 598: BRAVE Act of 2019; S. 718: Making Education Affordable and Accessible ...; S. 757: Petroleum Coke Transparency and Public ...; S. 760: Support for Veterans in Effective ...; S. 1085: Vehicle Innovation Act of 2019; S. 1342: Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index ...; S. 1465: Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient ...; S. 1694: One Small Step to Protect ...; S. 1843: Outsourcing Accountability Act of 2019; S. 2107: Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture ...; S. 2455: National Historic Vehicle Register Act ...; S. 3303: Promoting Service in Transportation Act; S. 3775: United States-Israel Military Capability Act ...; S. 3987: A bill to amend the ...; S. 4070: A bill to designate the ...; S. 4472: Ensuring Network Security Act; S.Res. 308: A resolution calling on the ...; S.Res. 311: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 699: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (37th percentile); All Senators (61st percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Committee Positions

Peters held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Peters’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (61st percentile); All Senators (64th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Peters’s bills and resolutions had 435 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Peters’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (57th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.