Senator Gary Peters is honored to represent the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate. Throughout his career in public service, Peters has been a strong, independent voice for Michigan’s families and small businesses. He has focused on uniting our communities by fighting for a stronger economy, quality education, good-paying jobs, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a fair chance for everyone to succeed.
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. Despite serving in his first term, earlier this year he was named the fourth-most effective Democratic Senator by the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking.
Peters strongly believes in expanding opportunities for all students to succeed. He has introduced bipartisan legislation to increase dual and concurrent enrollment initiatives that allow high school students to earn college credit while reducing student debt. His legislation to increase awareness of career and technical educations (CTE) to help close the skills gap in Michigan was signed into law.
Peters is working to promote social justice for all Michigan families—from civil rights and voting rights to economic opportunity and environmental justice. He has supported legislation to help expand voting access and ensure that every American can make their voice heard at the ballot box. He also introduced bipartisan legislation to establish a National Criminal Justice Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of our criminal justice system and fought to secure federal resources for the City of Flint after residents were exposed to lead-tainted water. Earlier this year, he advanced legislation to provide grants to faith-based organizations to protect their places of worship against acts of terror. The legislation helps address instances of domestic terrorism, including the white supremacist attack at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, serves as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, in addition to serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Peters was born in Pontiac and has lived his entire life in Michigan. His father was a World War II veteran and public school teacher, and his mother worked at a local nursing home where she organized her workplace as an SEIU union steward.
Gary and his wife, Colleen, have three children: Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana.