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Scott Peters
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U.S. House, California, District 52
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDuncan Hunter (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,381,438
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
Bachelor'sDuke University
J.D.New York University School of Law
Date of birthJune 17, 1958
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
Net worth$86,224,049
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Peters (b. June 17, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 52nd Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. Peters (D) defeated incumbent Brian Bilbray (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after polls closed.[1]

Peters is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Peters is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Peters's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1980-1981: Economist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1984-1991, 1996-2000: Practicing lawyer
  • 1991-1996: Counsel, San Diego County
  • 2001-2008: San Diego City Council
  • 2013-Present: United States House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Peters serves on the following committees:[4]


Campaign themes


Peters' campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "America faces challenging new realities in a changing world. The economy is faster, smarter, more competitive and more global. And our federal budget is upside down because our Congressional representatives are more focused on holding onto problems for political gain than solving them."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Healthcare in America needs to be accessible and affordable for everybody. When the Supreme Court affirmed the President's health care insurance reform initiative (the Affordable Care Act) in June 2012, it reminded us that the powerful health services industry does not control the administration of health care."
  • Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Social Security and Medicare are compacts between the generations that we must not break. Men and women who have spent a lifetime of hard work, providing for their families and saving for their retirement, deserve the security of knowing their retirement and benefits, which they have worked hard to earn, will be there for them. "
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Veterans are such a vital part of our community, and San Diego has the largest concentration of veterans in the nation, approximately 28,000. When these Americans volunteered to serve our country, we made a commitment to provide them with certain programs and benefits in exchange for their service. "
  • Energy Policy
Excerpt: "As a nation, we must work toward a long-term energy policy that: 1) creates new American jobs; 2) emphasizes greater energy independence; 3) invests in the development of alternative fuels; 4) promotes clean energy technology like wind and solar; 5) ensures greater national security; and 6) provides automakers with incentives for producing fuel-efficient vehicles."



See also: California's 52nd congressional district elections, 2014

Peters is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]


See also: California's 52nd congressional district elections, 2012

Peters ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 52nd District. He and district 50 incumbent Brian Bilbray (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Shirley Decourt-Park (D), Lori Saldana (D), Gene Hamilton Carswell (R), Wayne Iverson (R), John Stahl (R), John Subka (R), Jack Doyle (Ind), and Ehab Shehata (Ind). Peters defeated Bilbray in the November 6, 2012, general election.[6][7]

U.S. House, California District 52 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters 51.2% 151,451
     Republican Brian Bilbray Incumbent 48.8% 144,459
Total Votes 295,910
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, California District 52 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Bilbray (R) Incumbent 43.1% 61,930
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters (D) 23.7% 34,106
Lori Saldana (D) 23.2% 33,387
John Stahl (R) 3.8% 5,502
Wayne Iverson (R) 3.1% 4,476
Shirley Decourt-Park (D) 1.6% 2,368
John Subka (R) 0.8% 1,091
Gene Hamilton Carswell (R) 0.6% 828
Total Votes 143,688

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Peters is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Peters raised a total of $4,381,438 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[8]

Scott Peters's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 52) Won $4,381,438
Grand Total Raised $4,381,438


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

Peters won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Peters's campaign committee raised a total of $4,381,438 and spent $4,352,737.[9]


Peters was endorsed by former primary opponent Lori Saldana. He stated the following regarding her endorsement: "I thank Ms. Saldaña for the endorsement and well wishes she issued on Friday. Her support is very much appreciated and needed as we take on the bigger fight ahead against entrenched incumbent Brian Bilbray."[10]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Peters is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[11]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Peters missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Peters's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$33,719,896 and $206,167,994. That averages to $86,224,049, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[13]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Peters has voted with the Democratic Party 87.1% of the time. This ranked 191st among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[14]


Peters and his wife, Lynn, have two children.[15]

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Preceded by
Duncan Hunter
U.S. House, California, District 52
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by