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Gary PetersDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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MIResidence (state)

Gary Charles Peters Sr. (born December 1, 1958) is an American lawyer, politician, and former military officer serving as the junior United States senator from Michigan since 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the U.S. representative for Michigan's 14th congressional district, which included the eastern half of Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Southfield, and Pontiac, from 2009 to 2015 (the district was Michigan's 9th congressional district until 2013). Before his election to Congress, Peters served in the United States Navy Reserve, spent 22 years as an investment advisor, and worked briefly in academia. He was elected to the Rochester Hills City Council in 1991 and represented the 14th district in the Michigan Senate from 1995 to 2002. He was the Democratic nominee for Michigan Attorney General in 2002, narrowly losing to Republican Mike Cox. He was then appointed commissioner of the Michigan Lottery by Governor Jennifer Granholm, serving from 2003 to 2008, when he resigned to successfully run for Congress. In 2014, Peters was elected to the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic incumbent Carl Levin. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Republican Terri Lynn Land in the general election. He was the only non-incumbent Democrat to win a Senate election in 2014.

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Campaign Funding

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Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,269,727
Securities & Investment$724,093
Leadership PACs$570,550
Real Estate$564,236
Health Professionals$400,398
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Education8 - 8 of 6
Michigan State University
MA Philosophy/Ethics of Development
Wayne State University School of Law
University of Detroit, Mercy
MBA Finance
Alma College
BA Political Science
College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College
Wayne State University
MA Political Science
Past Positions1 - 14 of 14
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
2021 - Current
United States Senate, Michigan
2014 - Current
United States House of Representatives, Michigan
2009 - 2014
Michigan State Senate
1994 - 2002
City Council, Rochester Hills, Michigan
1991 - 1994
Vice President
Former Branch Office, Merrill Lynch
1980 - 1989
American Government, Central Michigan University
New York Stock Exchange
Former Instructor
Business Policy, Oakland University
Former Professor
Finance, Wayne State University
Former Professor
Business Economics, Wayne State University
Former Strategic Management
Oakland University
Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist
United States Naval Reserve
Vice President
Former Branch Office, Paine Webber
Other Experience1 - 21 of 21
Michigan State Lottery
Former Chair, Air Issues Committee
Michigan Sierra Club
Member, Board of Directors
Common Cause Michigan
Member, Environmental Policy Advisory Committee
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Former Chair
Senate Democratic Caucus
Former Member
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Strategic Forces Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Investigations Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change and Manufacturing
Former Member
Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, United States Senate
Former Member
Joint Economic Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate