Rep. Scott Peters
Representative for California’s 50th District
pronounced skot // PEE-terz
Peters is the representative for California’s 50th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2023. Peters is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 65 years old.
He was previously the representative for California’s 52nd congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2022.
Peters proposed $37 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:
- $5 million to San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for “Electrical Infrastructure Improvements Project. SAN, San Diego, CA”
- $5 million to City of San Diego for “Harbor Drive Pump Station 1 and 2”
- $5 million to City of San Diego for “Coastal Rail Trail Bikeway Project”
These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.
Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Appropriations.house.gov. Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House
Read our 2022 Report Card for Peters.
Peters is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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, 2019 to Sep 26, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Scott Peters sits on the following committees:
Peters was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 9016 (117th): Small Business Scorecard Enhancements Act of 2022
- H.R. 2051 (117th): Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021
- H.R. 4575 (117th): Veteran Peer Specialist Act of 2021
- H.R. 3005 (116th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13308 Midland Road in Poway, California, as the “Ray Chavez Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 2398 (116th): Veteran HOUSE Act of 2020
- H.R. 5324 (116th): Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act of 2019
- H.R. 3584 (116th): Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries Act
Does 11 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:
Health (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (24%) Environmental Protection (12%) Labor and Employment (9%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Energy (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Peters recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 5551: BIG WIRES Act
- H.Res. 677: Condemning the Government of the Russian Federation for exacerbating global food insecurity through …
- H.R. 5155: Temporary Family Visitation Act
- H.R. 4689: FASTER Act of 2023
- H.R. 4526: Smart Ship Repair Act of 2023
- H.Res. 572: Expressing support for the designation of the month of June 2023 as “National …
- H.R. 4262: CHAMPVA Online Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2013 to Sep 2023, Peters missed 112 of 6,146 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of representatives 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
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