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Senator Gary Peters

Commerce, Science and Transportation; Homeland Security and Government Affairs; Joint Economic; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

“In Congress, I’ve proudly fought to pass legislation to reduce America’s carbon footprint, preserve our national resources and responsibly break our national addiction to foreign fossil fuels. And in our region, I strongly support efforts to protect our Great Lakes against invasive species such as the Asian Carp.”


Leadership: The Great Lakes are an important part of Michigan’s heritage, and Senator Peters advocates for its preservation and restoration by supporting an initiative that combats the serious threats of invasive species, non-point source pollution, and contaminated sediments. Additionally, he supports common sense policies that invest in the development of clean energy technologies and create the green jobs of the future, while working to break our addiction to fossil fuels and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Peters also works tirelessly to fund the development of new green auto technology and green manufacturing jobs. He authored and passed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would strengthen the Department of Energy’s ability to authorize public-private partnerships to promote research for new clean auto technologies.

Senator Peters sponsored: 

  • S. 1586 (A bill to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the environmental sensitivity index products of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for each coastal area of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes. 2017)
  • S. 859 (Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2017)
  • S. 2466 (A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to notify the public if a State agency and public water system are not taking action to address a public health risk associated with drinking water requirements)
  • S. 2569 (Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act of 2016)

Senator Peters cosponsored: 

  • S. 1425 (Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act 2017)
  • S. 1331 (Great Lakes Mass Marking Program Act 2017)
  • S. 958 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2017)
  • S. 820 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness 2017)
  • S. 569 (Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act 2017)
  • S. Res 124 (A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the National Sea Grant College Program is a valuable program that protects and enhances the coastal communities and economy of the United States)
  • S. 1700 (Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017)
  • S. 1332 (Great Lakes Aquatic Connectivity and Infrastructure Program Act 2017)
  • S. 1057 (Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017)
  • S. 1398 (Stop the Asian Carp Now Act of 2017)
  • S. 999 (COAST Anti-Drilling Act 2017)
  • S. 991 (Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017)
  • S. 2089 (American Energy Innovation Act of 2015)