Gary Peters

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Gary Peters currently serves the 9th Congressional District of Michigan

Gary Peters has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 9th district of the State of Michigan, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Peters says on his campaign website that he supports tax cuts for the middle class, ending subsidies for oil companies, and tax cuts and incentives for small businesses to get new equipment and hire more employees. [1]


Peters supports policies that increase cleaner air and water, and preserve our natural resources, while allowing for sustainable economic growth. [1]

National Security

Peters' plan to enhance national security includes responsibly ending the war in Iraq, ensuring the strength of the U.S. - Israeli relationship, and knowing and controlling who is entering the country. [1]


Peters supports policies that balance the budget, cut wasteful spending, and encourage fiscal responsibility. [1]


Peters says on his campaign website, that getting quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans is one of his top priorities. He also says that he supports plans that are portable. He does not support universal healthcare for illegal immigrants. [1]


Peters says he supports fully-funding veterans health care, making it a top priority to end the backlog of VA claims, ending the 'widow's tax' (a tax on spouses receiving survivor benefits and social security simultaneously), expanding VA healthcare and benefits to the National Guard and Reserve, encouraging more focus on PTSD and TBI in the VA healthcare system.[1]


Peters is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve, and an accomplished businessman who served as Vice President for two major investment firms. He was twice elected from Oakland County to serve in the Michigan Senate. He is currently the Griffin Chair of American Government at Central Michigan University.[2]

2008 elections

Peters won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Joseph Knollenberg (R-Mich.) in the 2008 congressional elections, and went on to defeat Knollenberg in the November 2008 general election.[3]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations



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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Gary Peters for Congress|Leadership
  2. About Page
  3. "Michigan 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

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External articles

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services
110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Michigan Senate
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1. 560 Kirts Blvd Suite #105, Troy, MI 48084
Phone: (248) 273-4227 / Fax: (248) 273-4704

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Date of Birth: December 1, 1958