Congressman Gary Peters is the United States Representative serving Michigan's 9th Congressional District.
Gary has 22 years of business and management experience and was a Vice President with two major national investment firms. He has served on the House Financial Services Committee since he was first elected in 2008. In his first term he was tapped to help write the most sweeping Wall Street Reform legislation since the Great Depression.
Gary was elected to a second term in 2010, and his commitment to small businesses earned him a seat on the Small Business Committee. Congressman Peters authored and passed legislation to promote growing sectors, he supported small business tax cuts and he led the fight to kick start small business lending to create jobs.
He has written legislation to cut taxes for middle class families, he called for a discretionary spending freeze, and he helped block Congress from receiving a pay raise. The Oakland Press says that Gary Peters is “keeping his promises” to be fiscally responsible and support small businesses – and the Macomb Daily applauded his “independent record.”
Gary also helped lead the fight to ensure the survival of Chrysler and General Motors, saving thousands of jobs, and is now helping the industry look to the future, including authoring and passing the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act to create 21st Century jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
The son of a World War II veteran, Congressman Peters served America as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. His reserve duty included service in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Gary again volunteered to serve our country in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
In addition to his 22 years of business and management experience, Gary has served as a Michigan State Senator, a Rochester Hills City Councilman, the Michigan Lottery Commissioner and as the Griffin Endowed Chair of American Government at Central Michigan University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Alma College, an MBA (Finance) from the University of Detroit-Mercy, a law degree from Wayne State University and a Masters degree in Philosophy with specialization in the ethics of development from Michigan State University.