Elected in 2014, Senator Gary Peters’ top priority in the U.S. Senate is to continue supporting job creation and economic growth to strengthen small businesses and our middle class. Senator Peters is committed to working with members of both parties to find commonsense, practical and bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing Michigan and our nation.
Senator Peters was born in Pontiac, Michigan and has lived his entire life in the Greater Detroit area. He graduated from Rochester High School and went on to Alma College where he earned a B.A. in Political Science while working part time to help pay his way. Peters later went on to earn an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, a law degree from Wayne State University Law School and an M.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University with a focus in the ethics of development while working a full time job and raising a family.
For 22 years, Senator Peters worked as an investment advisor helping families save for their retirement and provide for their children’s college education. The son of a World War II veteran, Senator Peters served in uniform as a Seabee combat warfare specialist and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After the September 11th terrorist attacks on our country, Peters signed up to again serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Senator Peters began his public service as a Rochester Hills City Councilman in 1991. In 1994, Peters was elected to the Michigan State Senate where he represented communities in Oakland County. Peters later served as the Michigan State Lottery Commissioner where he generated a record amount of funding for our public schools.
First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 as the future of Michigan’s economy was in serious jeopardy, Congressman Peters stood with Michigan workers to ensure the survival of our local auto industry. In Congress, Senator Peters has drawn on his business background to make Washington more transparent and accountable. He led efforts to eliminate wasteful, duplicative and unnecessary spending, and is continually working to responsibly reduce the deficit.
In the 114th Congress, Senator Peters serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Joint Economic Committee.
Senator Peters and his wife Colleen have three children: Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana.