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Peters won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012|Michigan's]] [[Michigan's 14th congressional district elections, 2012|14th District]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/senate/michigan/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Michigan"]</ref> He defeated [[Hansen Clarke]], [[Brenda Lawrence]], [[Bob Costello]], and [[Mary Waters]] in the August 7 Democratic primary.  He then defeated [[John Hauler]] (R), [[Leonard Schwartz]] (L), and [[Douglas Campbell]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MI_US_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press primary results]</ref> Peters was considered a vulnerable incumbent.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/ratings/house ''New York Times'' "House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3]</ref>
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Peters won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012|Michigan's]] [[Michigan's 14th congressional district elections, 2012|14th District]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/senate/michigan/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Michigan"]</ref> He defeated [[Hansen Clarke]], [[Brenda Lawrence]], [[Bob Costello]] and [[Mary Waters]] in the August 7 Democratic primary.  He then defeated [[John Hauler]] (R), [[Leonard Schwartz]] (L) and [[Douglas Campbell]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/MI_US_House_0807.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS Associated Press primary results]</ref> Peters was considered a vulnerable incumbent.<ref>[http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/ratings/house ''New York Times'' "House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3]</ref>
 
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Gary Peters
Gary Peters.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 14
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJoe Knollenberg (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,115,940
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State Senate
1995-2002
Rochester Hills, Michigan, City Council
1991-1992
Education
Bachelor'sAlma College
Master'sUniversity of Detroit
J.D.Wayne State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Reserve
Years of service1993-2000, 2001-2005
Personal
BirthdayDecember 1, 1958
Place of birthPontiac, Michigan
ProfessionInvestment Banker, Professor
Net worth$2,562,581
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gary C. Peters (b. December 1, 1958 in Pontiac, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 14th congressional district. Peters was first elected to the House in 2008.

Peters most recently won re-election to the 14th congressional district seat in 2012. On May 1, 2013, Peters announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat that will be vacated in 2014 by retiring Michigan Senator Carl Levin.[1][2][3] Peters will be up against Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land, both have almost equal support in polls as of August 1, 2013.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Peters is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Peters was born in 1958 in Pontiac, Michigan. After graduating from Alma College in 1980, Peters went on to receive his M.B.A from the University of Detroit and his J.D. from Wayne State University in 1985 and 1989, respectively. Prior to his political career, Peters worked as a professor and investment banker. He also served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1993-2000 and from 2001-1005.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Peters' professional and political career[5]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Peters serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade

2011-2012

Peters served on the following House committees[7]:

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
  • Small Business Committee
    • Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access

Issues

Legislative actions

Fiscal cliff

Voted "Yes" Peters voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Peters's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Peters voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Peters voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Peters voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Peters voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Peters voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Peters voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[17]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Peters voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]

Specific votes

Peters voted for the stimulus bill.[19] According to a poll, 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%), while 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [20]

Peters also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[21] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[22]

Peters supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[23] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. Additionally, 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[24]

Finally, Peters voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[25] According to polling, 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Additionally, 35% of likely voters oppose repeal, amd 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[26]

Campaign themes

2012

The campaign issues below were highlighted on Peters' campaign website.[27]

  • Bridging the 8 Mile Divide to Unite the Greater Detroit Region

Excerpt: "Investing in a regional transit system to serve all... Ending the foreclosure crisis by helping families stay in their homes... Connecting local workers with local employers."[28]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "In Congress, Gary stood with President Obama and voted to pass the historic Affordable Care Act despite continual attacks from the Tea Party. Gary also successfully helped expand health care coverage to over 4 million low income children and pregnant women."[29]

  • Jobs and the Economy

Excerpt: "In Congress, Gary led the fight to save our auto industry, worked to expand small business lending to spur new job creation, and he's always stood up to Tea Party proposals to gut the social safety net for families facing tough times."[30]

  • Proud Democratic Fighter for Michigan

Excerpt: "As our Congressman, Gary Peters has worked to protect collective bargaining rights and fought for policies that put middle class families ahead of billionaire special interests."[31]

  • Accountability and Reform on Wall Street

Excerpt: "As part of this work, Peters helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - the first agency dedicated entirely to protecting regular Americans from abusive and predatory lending practices. And when corporate executives rewarded themselves with taxpayer funded bailout bonuses, Gary Peters led the fight to hold them accountable by writing and passing a bill to reclaim this money."[32]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014

On May 1, 2013, Peters announced he would be seeking election to the United States Senate seat that will be vacated in 2014 by retiring Michigan Senator Carl Levin.[1].

Peters was previously considered to be a potential 2014 Democratic candidate for Governor of Michigan.[33]

Endorsements

Peters was endorsed by Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. Levin said, "Like me, Gary has spent his whole life in Michigan. Gary’s parents, a public school teacher and nurse’s aide, instilled in him the importance of hard work, integrity, and the promise of the American Dream." Stabenow added, "I’ve known Gary for more than 20 years. He is a devoted husband and father who is raising his family in Oakland County, where his own family has been for generations."[34]

The Sierra Club has also announced its support for Peters in the upcoming election.[35]

2012

See also: Michigan's 14th congressional district elections, 2012

Peters won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 14th District.[36] He defeated Hansen Clarke, Brenda Lawrence, Bob Costello and Mary Waters in the August 7 Democratic primary. He then defeated John Hauler (R), Leonard Schwartz (L) and Douglas Campbell (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[37] Peters was considered a vulnerable incumbent.[38]


Gary Peters, "Roots"[39]
U.S. House, Michigan District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters Incumbent 82.3% 270,450
     Republican John Hauler 15.6% 51,395
     Libertarian Leonard Schwartz 1.2% 3,968
     Green Douglas Campbell 0.9% 2,979
Total Votes 328,792
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Michigan's 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters Incumbent 47% 41,230
Hansen Clark Incumbent 35.2% 30,847
Brenda Lawrence 13.3% 11,644
Mary Waters 3.3% 2,919
Bob Costello 1.2% 1,027
Total Votes 87,667

Endorsements

Peters was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below. A full list of Peters' endorsements can be found at his campaign website.[40]

  • Michigan AFL-CIO
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Michigan Council 25
  • American Federation of Teachers Michigan (AFT Michigan)
  • American Postal Workers Union Local 480-481
  • Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO)
  • Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Michigan State Council
  • United Auto Workers (UAW)
  • United Steelworkers District 2
  • The Detroit Free Press
  • Mayor Dave Bing, Detroit
  • Fmr. Governor James Blanchard, State of Michigan

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peters is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Peters raised a total of $8,115,940 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[43]

Gary Peters's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 14) Won $2,281,359
2010 US House (Michigan, District 9) Won $3,284,646
2008 US House (Michigan, District 9) Won $2,549,935
Grand Total Raised $8,115,940

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Peters’ reports.[44]

Gary Peters (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2013$486,738.99$373,147.00$(46,500.46)$813,385.53
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$813,385.53$1,049,815.42$(81,176.68)$1,782,024.27
Running totals
$1,422,962.42$(127,677.14)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Peters' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Peters won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Peters' campaign committee raised a total of $2,281,359 and spent $1,887,340.[47]

Cost per vote

Peters spent $6.98 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Peters' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Peters won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Peters' campaign committee raised a total of $3,284,646 and spent $3,236,452.[48]

U.S. House, Michigan District 9, 2010 - Gary Peters Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $3,284,646
Total Spent $3,236,452
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,038,244
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,995,898
Top contributors to Gary Peters's campaign committee
DLA Piper$23,250
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$19,000
University of Michigan$17,350
League of Conservation Voters$17,014
Osprey Group$15,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$362,223
Health Professionals$145,240
Real Estate$142,380
Leadership PACs$131,419
Retired$105,806

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Peters is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Peters most often votes with:

Peters least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Peters missed 59 of 3,350 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Mar 2013, which is 1.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Peters paid his congressional staff a total of $904,112 in 2011. He ranked 28th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 147th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Peters' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $934,163 and $4,191,000. This averages to $2,562,581, which is a 0.0587% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[53]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Peters' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $797,165 and $4,043,999. That averages to $2,420,582, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[54]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Peters was ranked the 105th most liberal representative during 2012.[55]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Gary Peters was ranked the 161st most liberal representative during 2011.[56]

Voting with party

2013

Gary Peters voted with the Democratic Party 87.3% of the time, which ranked 188th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

Peters lives in Bloomfield, Michigan, with his wife, Colleen. They have three children.[58]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Post "Gary Peters announces Michigan Senate campaign," May 1, 2013
  2. ‘’The Hill’’ “Gary Peters Tops $1 Million in First Quarter,” Accessed August 1, 2013
  3. ‘’Detroit Free Press’’ “Sierra Club Endorses Rep. Gary Peters for U.S. Senate
  4. ‘’Mlive’’ “ Poll Shows Equal Support for Peter Gary and Terri Land,” Accessed August 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Gary Peters" Accessed December 23, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  20. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  21. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  22. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  23. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  24. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  25. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  26. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  27. Gary Peters "Issues," Accessed October 9, 2012
  28. Gary Peters "Bridging Our Communities," Accessed October 9, 2012.
  29. Gary Peters "Healthcare," Accessed October 9, 2012
  30. Gary Peters "Jobs," Accessed October 9, 2012
  31. Gary Peters "Proud Democrat," Accessed October 9, 2012
  32. Gary Peters "Wall Street," Accessed October 9, 2012
  33. Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
  34. The Washington Post, "Levin, Stabenow back Gary Peters for Senate," May 23, 2013
  35. ‘’Detroit Free Press’’ “Sierra Club Endorses Rep. Gary Peters for U.S. Senate
  36. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  37. Associated Press primary results
  38. New York Times "House Race Ratings" Accessed October 3
  39. YouTube channel
  40. Gary Peters "Endorsements," Accessed October 9, 2012
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gary Peters," Accessed May 16, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission "Gary Peters Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission "Gary Peters April Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission "Gary Peters July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  47. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  48. Open Secrets "Gary Peters 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
  49. Gov Track "Gary Peters," Accessed June 7 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Gary Peters," Accessed August 6, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Gary Peters" Accessed April 2013
  52. LegiStorm "Gary Peters"
  53. OpenSecrets.org, "Peters, (D-Michigan), 2011"
  54. OpenSecrets.org, "Peters, (D-Michigan), 2010"
  55. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 23, 2011
Political offices
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Joe Knollenberg
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan
2009-present
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Michigan State Senate
1995-2002
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Rochester Hills, Michigan, City Council
1991-1992
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