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Peter WelchDEMDemocrat United States Senator
76
Years of Age
38
Years of Experience
VTResidence (state)

Peter Francis Welch (born May 2, 1947) is an American lawyer and politician serving since 2023 as the junior United States senator from Vermont. A member of the Democratic Party, he was U.S. representative for Vermont's at-large congressional district from 2007 to 2023. He has been a major figure in Vermont politics for over four decades, and is only the second Democrat to be elected a senator from the state. Welch was a member of the Vermont Senate from 1981 to 1989, including terms as minority leader. He was the Senate's president pro tempore from 1985 to 1989, the first Democrat to hold the position. In 1988, he gave up his seat to run for the United States House of Representatives and lost the Democratic primary to Paul N. Poirier. He was the Democratic nominee for governor of Vermont in 1990, losing the general election to Republican Richard A. Snelling. Welch continued to practice law and returned to politics in 2001, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Vermont Senate. He was re-elected in 2002 and 2004 and was Senate president from 2003 to 2007. In 2006, Welch was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, succeeding Bernie Sanders, who was elected to the United States Senate.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$861,403
Total Raised
$665,661
Total Spent
$2,125,238
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Health Professionals$78,686
66%
Telecom Services$52,400
60%
Public Sector Unions$48,000
55%
Retail Sales$44,075
40%
Lodging/Tourism$31,550
39%
Building Trade Unions$31,000
38%
Lawyers/Law Firms$30,078
35%
Real Estate$28,172
30%
Industrial Unions$24,000
29%
Health Services/HMOs$22,850
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
College of the Holy Cross
Bachelor of Arts
1969
Cathedral High School
UC Berkeley School of Law
Juris Doctor
1973
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
United States representative
United States of America
2007 - 2019
member of the State Senate of Vermont
United States of America
1981 - 2007
United States senator
United States of America
2023
minority leader (Vermont Senate)
1983 - 1985
president pro tempore (Vermont Senate)
1985 - 2007
Other Experience1 - 26 of 26
Member
Robert F. Kennedy Fellows
Chief Deputy Whip
House Democratic Caucus
Current
Member
Rural Working Group
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Member
House Hunger Caucus
Member
House Nursing Caucus
Member
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality Caucus
Member
National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
Member
New England Congressional Caucus
Member
Northeast Agriculture Caucus
Member
Rural Health Care Coalition
Member
Peak Oil Caucus
Member
Northern Border Caucus
Member
Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
Member
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Member
the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Member
Brain Injury Task Force
Member
the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Member
Congressional Arts Caucus
Member
Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
Member
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Member
Fire Services Caucus
Member
Historic Preservation Caucus