Debbie StabenowDebbie Stabenow – MI

Current Position: US Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1997 – 2001; State Senator from 1991 – 1994; State Delegate from 1979 – 1991

Other Positions:  
Chair, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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Senator Stabenow announces dairy donation program
ABC12.com, Jordyn BrunsAugust 25, 2021 (Short)

WASHINGTON (WJRT) – Sen. Debbie Stabenow is partnering with nonprofit food assistance organizations to help feed families in need.

Stabenow joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Food Council of Michigan to announce the creation of the $400 million Dairy Donation Program.

“The Dairy Donation Program is a win-win for farmers and families. It will be easier for dairy farmers to donate milk and other dairy products, which in turn helps feed vulnerable Americans, including our children,” said Stabenow.

Under this program, eligible dairy organizations will partner with nonprofit food assistance organizations to distribute food to families in need.

Summary

Current Position: US Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1997 – 2001; State Senator from 1991 – 1994; State Delegate from 1979 – 1991

Other Positions:  
Chair, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Featured Quote: 
The first @January6thCmte hearing has started and the police who responded that day are testifying. I am grateful for their service and bravery that day.

Featured Video: 
Debbie Stabenow Praises Biden-Harris Administration’s Record At Six Months

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Senator Stabenow announces dairy donation program
ABC12.com, Jordyn BrunsAugust 25, 2021 (Short)

WASHINGTON (WJRT) – Sen. Debbie Stabenow is partnering with nonprofit food assistance organizations to help feed families in need.

Stabenow joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Food Council of Michigan to announce the creation of the $400 million Dairy Donation Program.

“The Dairy Donation Program is a win-win for farmers and families. It will be easier for dairy farmers to donate milk and other dairy products, which in turn helps feed vulnerable Americans, including our children,” said Stabenow.

Under this program, eligible dairy organizations will partner with nonprofit food assistance organizations to distribute food to families in need.

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About

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from Michigan elected to the United States Senate. She is known for her ability to build coalitions to get things done for Michigan and our nation.

As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Budget Committee, and a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation’s health care, manufacturing, infrastructure, environment, and agriculture policies.

Senator Stabenow is laser focused on standing up for Michigan families, expanding affordable health care and lowering the costs of prescription drugs, helping Michigan businesses create good jobs here at home, and protecting our Great Lakes and outdoor heritage. She is a true champion for Michigan.

Early Life & Career

Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Debbie Stabenow learned the value of a hard-day’s work from her parents. Her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office.

Senator Stabenow was inspired to run for office after leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old and two years later was elected Chair of the Board. She served for 12 years in the Michigan House of Representatives (1979-90) and four years in the State Senate (1991-94). Two years later, she was elected to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from Michigan elected to the United States Senate.

A Michigan Voice in Senate Leadership

Today Senator Stabenow is Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator and a member of Senate leadership. As Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, she makes sure there is a Michigan voice at the table and that Congress’ priorities stay in line with the priorities of middle class families.

A Focus on Job Creation

Creating jobs in Michigan is Senator Stabenow’s top priority. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, she is a leader in helping Michigan’s businesses create jobs, leveling the playing field in international trade, and ensuring that our workers have the skills they need to excel in the international marketplace. As Senator Stabenow likes to say, “We want to export our products, not our jobs.”

A Champion for Health Care Quality and Access

Senator Stabenow is a national leader of the effort to make sure people have quality, affordable health care, including prescription drugs, mental health care, and addiction treatment. In the wake of the Flint water crisis, she led efforts to pass $170 million in assistance for Flint to repair and replace pipes and to address critical health needs.

Senator Stabenow is committed to bringing veterans the care they need close to home. She led the fight to open new and expanded V.A. clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Clare, Cheboygan County, Grayling, Oscoda, Traverse City, and Wyoming.

As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, Senator Stabenow is a champion for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a passionate advocate for Michigan’s community health centers.

An Advocate for Michigan’s Diverse Agricultural Industry

Senator Stabenow knows that we don’t have an economy unless we make things and grow things. She is a national leader on food and agriculture policy and a forceful advocate for Michigan agriculture – the state’s second biggest source of jobs. Serving on Agriculture Committees in the state legislature, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate, she has shaped forward-thinking food and farm policy, expanding the diversity of what we grow and how we grow it.

As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow authored the 2014 Farm Bill, which strengthened Michigan agriculture and made historic investments in land and water conservation, clean energy, local food systems, specialty crops, cutting-edge research and biobased manufacturing. She built on that success in coauthoring the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-13 – the most Senate votes ever. Thanks to her leadership, the Farm Bill provides historic levels of support for all types of farmers in Michigan – big and small, urban and rural. It also improves the dairy safety net, strengthens support for fruit and vegetable growers, protects land and water, expands local food economies, and invests in Michigan’s small towns and rural communities. As she likes to say, it has Michigan on every page.

Senator Stabenow has also led successful efforts to protect and expand access to healthy foods for children, families, and seniors.

A Protector of Our Great Lakes

After her election to the U.S. Senate, one of the first bills Senator Stabenow passed into law was a ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. Today she is Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force and one of our greatest champions for protecting the Great Lakes and our waterways.

Senator Stabenow authored the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is helping Michigan communities improve the quality of their water and restore wildlife habitats. No one has fought harder to secure federal funding in support of the Great Lakes, from cleaning up our waterways, to fighting invasive species, to modernizing the Soo Locks, a critical link for Michigan businesses to the global economy.

Senator Stabenow is deeply concerned about the number of Michigan families and service members who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). She has fought hard to secure funding to clean up contaminated sites, study the health impacts of PFAS exposure, and connect homes to safe drinking water supplies. She has also called on the Environmental Protection Agency to establish federal drinking water standards for PFAS.

Michigan Through and Through

With six offices around the State, Senator Stabenow is always ready to help Michigan residents who are having issues with federal programs. She fights for resources that local communities need such as new hospital emergency rooms and life-saving equipment for local fire departments.

A musician at heart, Senator Stabenow sings and plays both the piano and the guitar. She is a United Methodist and grew up performing with her family in church and in the community. Her home is in Lansing. She has two grown children, Todd and Michelle; a daughter-in-law, Sara; a son-in-law, Scott; and five beautiful grandchildren.

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    Michigan State University
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    Michigan State University

Personal

Stabenow lives in Lansing, MI. She has two children.

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Washington DC
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2204
Phone: (202) 224-4822

Mid-Michigan
221 W. Lake Lansing Road
Suite 100
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 203-1760

Southeast Michigan
719 Griswold St.
Suite 700
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-4330

Upper Peninsula
1901 W. Ridge
Suite 7
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-8756

Northern Michigan
3335 S. Airport Road West
Suite 6B
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231) 929-1031

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2018 US Senator

Debbie Stabenow (D)2,214,47852.3%
John James (R)1,938,81845.8%
TOTAL4,153,296

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Finances

STABENOW, DEBBIE has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $32,287,697.

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Committees

Committees

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Ranking Member
Committee on the Budget
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Committee on Finance

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Subcommittee on National Parks
Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on Healthcare
Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness

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Committees

Senator Stabenow is a member of the following Senate Committees:

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Senator Debbie Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. This Committee has jurisdiction over agriculture programs, nutrition programs, and rural development.

Committee on the Budget

Along with the House Budget Committee, it is responsible for drafting Congress’ annual budget plan and monitoring action on the budget for the Federal Government. In addition, the Budget Committee has jurisdiction over the operation of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). While the budget resolution prepared by the Budget Committee sets out a broad blueprint for the Congress with respect to the total levels of revenues and spending for the government as a whole, the Finance Committee and the Appropriations Committee prepare the legislation that actually enacts specific tax and spending policies. The Budget Committee does not have subcommittees.

Committee on Environment and Public Works

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee works on issues to protect public health and the environment, conduct oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency and push for smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

Committee on Finance

The Senate Finance Committee is one of the most influential committees in the U.S. Senate and has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues important to Michigan. All legislation regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, trade policy, pensions and tax policy is referred to the Finance Committee.

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Issues

  • Making Quality Health Care Affordable

    Senator Stabenow believes that quality healthcare is a basic human right. As a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, she has led efforts in Congress to make health care more affordable. More

  • Environment and Great Lakes

    Senator Debbie Stabenow is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force and is one of our greatest champions for protecting our Great Lakes and environment. As someone who has lived in Michigan her whole life, Stabenow understands that our Great Lakes and waterways are vital to our economy and our way of life—supporting more than 800,000 Michigan jobs. More

  • Standing Up for Our Veterans

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow believes our veterans should not stand at the back of any line. Whether it’s health care, education, a chance at a good job, or the military recognitions they earned in service, our nation must keep its promises to our heroes who have served. She learned this respect for service from her own family – her father served in World War II. More

  • New Skills for New Jobs Agenda

    As Sen. Stabenow travels the state, she frequently meets with business owners who express a critical need for more skilled workers. She also meets with labor leaders who offer opportunities for training and apprenticeships for good-paying jobs in the skilled trades. And she hears from parents frustrated with the lack of opportunities for their children who are not college-bound as well as educators who are innovating to meet these needs. Last summer, she brought all of these leaders together in communities across the state to discuss how we can partner to meet the needs of employers and provide job opportunities for all Michigan workers and students. Now she is introducing her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda to help every young person get the skills they need for a good-paying job. More

  • American Jobs Agenda

    Senator Stabenow is laser-focused on creating jobs here in America.  Her American Jobs Agenda will ensure we are making products in America, closing loopholes that send jobs overseas, and holding countries like China accountable for unfair trade practices. More

  • Supporting Michigan’s Agricultural Economy

    Senator Debbie Stabenow is a champion for Michigan agriculture and rural communities. As Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, she wrote the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, which streamlined more than 100 programs while making historic investments in land and water conservation, local food systems, and specialty crops. As the current Chairwoman of the Committee, she built on that progress by co-authoring the historic 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan Senate vote of 87-13 – the most votes in favor of a Farm Bill in history. The bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill strengthens Michigan’s agricultural economy, which is the state’s second-largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan’s Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting Michigan forestry, growing local food economies, and providing healthy food for families. More

Economy

Supporting Michigan’s Agricultural Economy

Senator Debbie Stabenow is a champion for Michigan agriculture and rural communities. As Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, she wrote the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, which streamlined more than 100 programs while making historic investments in land and water conservation, local food systems, and specialty crops. As the current Ranking Member of the Committee, she built on that progress by co-authoring the historic 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan Senate vote of 87-13 – the most votes in favor of a Farm Bill in history.

The bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill strengthens Michigan’s agricultural economy, which is the state’s second-largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan’s Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting Michigan forestry, growing local food economies, and providing healthy food for families.

Education

New Skills for New Jobs Agenda

As Sen. Stabenow travels the state, she frequently meets with business owners who express a critical need for more skilled workers. She also meets with labor leaders who offer opportunities for training and apprenticeships for good-paying jobs in the skilled trades. And she hears from parents frustrated with the lack of opportunities for their children who are not college-bound as well as educators who are innovating to meet these needs. Last summer, she brought all of these leaders together in communities across the state to discuss how we can partner to meet the needs of employers and provide job opportunities for all Michigan workers and students. Now she is introducing her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda to help every young person get the skills they need for a good-paying job.

Environment

Environment and Great Lakes

Protecting our Great Lakes and Waterways
Senator Debbie Stabenow is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force and is one of our greatest champions for protecting our Great Lakes and environment. As someone who has lived in Michigan her whole life, Stabenow understands that our Great Lakes and waterways are vital to our economy and our way of life—supporting more than 800,000 Michigan jobs. In fact, the very first piece of legislation Senator Stabenow passed in the Senate banned oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes.

Stabenow authored the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2010 as a member of the Senate Budget Committee. This initiative has been successful in cleaning up our lakes, waterways, and beaches so Michigan families can enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. When the Trump Administration gutted funding for the Great Lakes, Stabenow led a bipartisan coalition to get every penny restored.

Read more about her new bipartisan legislation to expand funding here.

As Chairwoman and later Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Stabenow authored the 2014 Farm Bill and co-authored the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill continues to be one of the most significant investments in the conservation of our land, water, and Michigan way of life. Through targeted conservation efforts, the Farm Bill protects our Great Lakes and our water quality throughout Michigan, while preserving wildlife habitat to support hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

Combatting Threats
Senator Stabenow has been a leader in the fight to stop Asian carp, which pose a grave threat to the Great Lakes’ $7 billion fishery and $36 billion recreational boating industry. She authored and passed the Stop Invasive Species Act that required the federal government to take quicker action to stop the spread of Asian carp. Thanks to her leadership, the Army Corps of Engineers released the final comprehensive plan to stop Asian carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam — a critical choke point not far from Lake Michigan. Congress can now authorize funding for this critical project and finally advance a long-term solution. Read more about her efforts to combat invasive species here.

Senator Stabenow also wrote and passed legislation that successfully banned personal care products that contain tiny plastic particles that can get through water treatment facilities and harm fish and wildlife. This ban went into effect in 2018.

Taking Real Action on Climate Change
Senator Stabenow knows that climate change is real and is having a serious impact on Michigan. Our lakes are getting warmer, which is bad for our cold-water fish populations but great for invasive species like Asian carp. Our weather is also getting more intense— leading to catastrophic storms and flooding.  Stabenow understands we can and must take real action now to do something about the carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.

That’s why as Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and a senior member of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and Finance Committee, she has championed polices and initiatives that dramatically reduce carbon emissions, create jobs in renewable energy and clean manufacturing sectors and promote sustainable agriculture. Her bipartisan Farm Bill includes the most ambitious climate-smart agriculture and forestry policies to date.  She has also authored multiple bipartisan bills that will ensure that the United States—not China—is the global leader on advanced transportation technologies like electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Protecting Public Health
Senator Stabenow has been a tireless advocate for public health and the environment in Michigan and across the country. She is making sure every family has access to clean air and clean water and has fought efforts to gut environmental protections.

When the Flint water crisis happened, Senator Stabenow led the passage of a law to provide $170 million for Flint and other communities to repair and replace pipes and provide health care and nutritious food to children and families affected by lead contamination.

Stabenow is deeply concerned about the number of Michigan families and service members who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). She has fought hard to secure funding to clean up contaminated sites, study the health impacts of PFAS exposure, and connect homes to safe drinking water supplies. She has also called on the Environmental Protection Agency to establish federal drinking water standards for PFAS.

Health Care

Making Quality Health Care Affordable

Senator Stabenow believes that quality healthcare is a basic human right. As a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, she has led efforts in Congress to make health care more affordable.

Veterans

Standing Up for Our Veterans

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow believes our veterans should not stand at the back of any line. Whether it’s health care, education, a chance at a good job, or the military recognitions they earned in service, our nation must keep its promises to our heroes who have served. She learned this respect for service from her own family – her father served in World War II.

Senator Stabenow is dedicated to ensuring that our veterans receive the military honors they have earned defending our country. She authored and passed legislation paving the way for Michigan veteran James C. McCloughan to be awarded the Medal of Honor. She is a champion for our national cemeteries, memorials, and other efforts to honor those who serve.

Health Care for Veterans

One of the biggest ways in which Senator Stabenow has made a difference for Michigan veterans is in the opening of new health clinics. Thanks to her work, Michigan veterans are being served by new and expanded clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Cheboygan County, Clare, Gaylord, Grayling, Oscoda, Traverse City, and Wyoming.

Whether it’s championing new and expanded VA health clinics, or improving mental health services, Senator Stabenow is committed to bringing veterans the care they need close to home. After she heard from veterans across the state about problems with the Veterans Choice program, Senator Stabenow authored and passed legislation to improve VA care.

The VA Mission Act, which was signed into law in 2018, included her legislation to require the VA to pay providers within 30 days of receiving an electronic claim or 45 days of receiving a paper claim. This will ensure that rural hospitals and providers are reimbursed for services and can continue to see patients. The VA Mission Act also expands caregiver benefits and establishes one community care program that allows veterans and their doctors to choose where to get health care.

Senator Stabenow is also making sure that veterans and their families harmed by PFAS chemicals will be eligible for treatment and benefits from the VA. Her Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act (VET PFAS Act) would require the VA to cover treatment for any health condition found to be associated with exposure to PFAS. Under this bill, illnesses connected to PFAS exposure will also be considered a service-connected disability, making veterans exposed to PFAS eligible for disability payments and medical treatment from the VA.

Thanks to Senator Stabenow’s bipartisan work to support Alzheimer’s patients and their families, both Medicare and the veterans’ TRICARE system now cover Alzheimer’s care planning visits to provide patients and caregivers vital information on treatment options and services.

Mental Health Services

Senator Stabenow understands that many people who have served in our military have battle wounds that can’t necessarily be seen, which is why she is leading efforts to improve mental health care. Her Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act closed the gap in funding between physical and behavioral health care in communities around the country and set high-quality standards of care. The law requires certified community behavioral health clinics to provide intensive, community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas. And it requires care coordination across settings, including VA medical centers and outpatient clinics.

Senator Stabenow sponsored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act and the Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, which were both signed into law.

Veterans Transition Assistance

As Senator Stabenow has met with Michigan veterans, commanders, and service providers across our state, one of the top concerns they have raised is the difficulty veterans have in transitioning from a life in the military to civilian life. Community resources are available for transitioning veterans, but many veterans don’t know about them. Meanwhile, many organizations that offer assistance aren’t aware of people in their community who could use help.

In response, Senator Stabenow introduced the bipartisan IMPROVE Transition for Servicemembers Act, which was signed into law as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. It would allow servicemembers to opt into a system that will send their contact information to their State Veterans Affairs Agency. This system will ensure that they and their families are connected to local community groups – including veterans service organizations – that provide employment, health care, and other services.

The legislation also directs the Department of Defense to ensure that servicemembers receive regular information about professional development and education opportunities such as Military Tuition Assistance. And it creates greater accountability by requiring the Defense Department to ask veterans about their transition experience on a regular basis.

Education and Job Opportunities

Senator Stabenow sponsored the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and follow-up legislation to make it work better for veterans pursuing additional education. She has long championed better job opportunities for our veterans.

Senator Stabenow’s Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act would provide businesses with a tax cut up to $5,000 for each new employee enrolled in a federal- or state-registered apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship program credit could be given for previous military training, meaning that veterans would be able to get into skilled jobs that match their military experience sooner.

Careers in Agriculture

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow championed initiatives in the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, which she authored, to help veterans start careers in agriculture, creating a Veteran Liaison at the Agriculture Department and providing veterans more training and financing.

To build on this progress, Senator Stabenow authored provisions that help expand support for farmer veterans in the 2018 Farm Bill. The provisions make risk management tools like crop insurance more affordable, improve access to land and capital, and prioritize training to help veterans succeed in agriculture.

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Gary PetersGary Peters – MI

Current Position: US Senator since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2009 – 2015; Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery from 2003 – 2007; State Senator from 1995 – 2002

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Chair, Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (
Chair, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports

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We must keep working together to pass infrastructure legislation. This is about spurring job creation, strengthening our economy, supporting Michigan businesses and investing to upgrade our roads, bridges and broadband access.

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Gary Peters says Americans have suffered due to USPS service changes

With suicide hotline calls up, Sen. Peters, others want VA to connect with veterans
Detroit Free Press, Todd SpanglerSeptember 5, 2021 (Medium)

With the 20-year-long military conflict between the U.S. and Afghanistan over, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and a group of nearly three dozen Democratic and Republican members are urging efforts to get underway to provide veterans with mental health help.

In a letter sent last week to the Department off Veterans Affairs, Peters, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and is a member of the Armed Services Committee, and the others said suicide prevention must be a priority.

They noted in a news release sent out with the letter to VA Secretary Denis McDonough that recent reports say calls to veterans’ suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, last month and the withdrawal of U.S. forces

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Current Position: US Senator since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2009 – 2015; Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery from 2003 – 2007; State Senator from 1995 – 2002

Other Positions:  
Chair, Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (
Chair, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports

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We must keep working together to pass infrastructure legislation. This is about spurring job creation, strengthening our economy, supporting Michigan businesses and investing to upgrade our roads, bridges and broadband access.

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Gary Peters says Americans have suffered due to USPS service changes

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With suicide hotline calls up, Sen. Peters, others want VA to connect with veterans
Detroit Free Press, Todd SpanglerSeptember 5, 2021 (Medium)

With the 20-year-long military conflict between the U.S. and Afghanistan over, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and a group of nearly three dozen Democratic and Republican members are urging efforts to get underway to provide veterans with mental health help.

In a letter sent last week to the Department off Veterans Affairs, Peters, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and is a member of the Armed Services Committee, and the others said suicide prevention must be a priority.

They noted in a news release sent out with the letter to VA Secretary Denis McDonough that recent reports say calls to veterans’ suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, last month and the withdrawal of U.S. forces

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Senator Gary Peters has been honored to represent the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate since 2015. He has focused on uniting our communities by fighting for the things we all agree on — a stronger economy, good-paying jobs, affordable health care, a secure retirement and an opportunity for everyone to succeed. In the 117th Congress, Gary is the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate’s top oversight committee. He also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

In the U.S. Senate, Gary is recognized as one of the most effective and bipartisan Senators, according to the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking (University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University) and the Lugar Center (Georgetown University). During the last Congress (2019-2020), Gary was recognized as the #1 most effective Senator in the U.S. Senate, despite serving as a member of the minority party – an achievement that hadn’t been accomplished since the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking began collecting data over 50 years ago. The Center for Effective Lawmaking cited a key to Gary’s success was his effectiveness in coalition-building. In those two years, Gary was the principal sponsor and author of more standalone bills signed into law than any Democratic or Republican member serving in either the Senate or House.  Some of his bills signed into law include: increasing protections for the Great Lakes and securing historic funding for restoration efforts, increasing our nation’s security at our borders, addressing rising water levels and shoreline erosion in Great Lakes communities, expanding apprenticeships for veterans, improving the VA Caregivers Program and saving taxpayer dollars.

Gary was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, where he served on the Financial Services Committee. While in his first term and one of the most junior members of the House, the Speaker appointed Gary to serve on the conference committee that wrote and finalized the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act.

Gary began his public service as a Rochester Hills City Councilman in 1991. In 1994, Gary was elected to the Michigan State Senate and served two terms. During his eight years of service, he authored and passed more bills signed into law than any other member of his party.

Gary volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, where he earned a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist designation and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the September 11th terrorist attacks on our country, he volunteered again for drilling status and served overseas as part of his Reserve duty.

Gary worked in the private sector for over 20 years as both a financial advisor and in a variety of management positions with two major financial service firms. He was an assistant vice president at Merrill Lynch before working at UBS/PaineWebber as a vice president.

His combination of business and policy experience prompted then-Governor Granholm to appoint Gary to run the Michigan Lottery. As State Lottery Commissioner, he managed a multi-billion dollar business and consistently raised record amounts of money for the state School Aid Fund.

Gary is a product of Michigan schools. After graduating from Rochester High School, he attended Alma College, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. While working a full-time job, he went on to earn an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, an M.A. in political science from Wayne State University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University with a focus on the ethics of development and a law degree (J.D.) from Wayne State University Law School. He also earned a diploma from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College.Gary was born in Pontiac, Michigan. His father, a World War II veteran, worked as a public school teacher and NEA union member for more than 30 years. His mother – who survived Nazi occupation of France and met Gary’s father while he served in Europe during the war – worked as a nurse’s aide at a local nursing home. She helped organize her workplace and became an SEIU union steward. Growing up, Gary learned the importance of hard work and fairness from his parents. He started his own small business delivering newspapers at age 11. In junior high, he bused tables at a Big Boy restaurant, and in high school and college, he worked at a local retailer and on a grounds crew. Gary is an Eagle Scout and in 2019, he was humbled to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Gary and his wife, Colleen, live in Oakland County and have three children: Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana.

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Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 226-6020
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Lansing Office

124 West Allegan Street
Suite 1400
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 377-1508
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Grand Rapids Office

Gerald R. Ford Federal Building
110 Michigan Street NW
Suite 720
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 233-9150
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Marquette Office

857 W Washington St
Suite 308
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 226-4554
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Rochester Office

407 6th Street
Suite C
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 608-8040
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Saginaw Office

515 North Washington Avenue
Suite 401
Saginaw, MI 48607
(989) 754-0112
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Traverse City Office

818 Red Drive
Suite 40
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 947-7773
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Washington, DC Office

Hart Senate Office Building
Suite 724
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-6221
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Experience

Work Experience

  • Investment Advisor
  • Lieutenant Commander
    US Navy Reserve
  • Lottery Commissioner
  • Rochester Hills City Councilman

Education

Personal

Peters lives in Bloomfield, Michigan, with his wife, Colleen. They have three children.

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Washington, DC office
Hart Senate Office Building
Suite 724
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6221

Detroit Office
Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building
477 Michigan Avenue
Suite 1837
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 226-6020

Lansing Office
124 West Allegan Street
Suite 1400
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (248) 608-8040

Grand Rapids Office
Gerald R. Ford Federal Building
110 Michigan Street NW
Suite 720
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 233-9150

Marquette Office
857 W Washington St
Suite 308
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 226-4554

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Recent Elections

2020 US Senator

Gary Peters (D)1,704,93654.6%
Terri Lynn Land (R)1,290,19941.3%
TOTAL2,995,135

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Finances

PETERS SR, GARY CHARLES has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $17,129,784.

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Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee
Joint Economic Committee

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Subcommittee on Airland
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather
Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety

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Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (Chairman)

  • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight
  • Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management

Armed Services Committee

  • Subcommittee on Airland
  • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Subcommittee on Sea Power

Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee

  • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports (Chairman)
  • Subcommittee on Space and Science
  • Subcommittee on Communications Media and Broadband
  • Subcommittee on Oceans Fisheries Climate Change and Manufacturing

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Issues

 

  • On the Job for Michigan

    Gary’s top priority is solving problems and delivering results for Michigan. He believes the best way to achieve that is by working together in a bipartisan manner.

  • Strengthening the Economy & American Manufacturing

    Gary’s top priority in the Senate is growing our economy, creating good-paying jobs in Michigan and strengthening our middle class.

  • Strengthening Education & Skills Training

    As a product of Michigan’s public schools, Gary understands that all of our children deserve a fair chance to succeed, and a good education gives them the tools they need to achieve their full potential.

  • Protecting the Great Lakes & Fighting for Clean Drinking Water

    Representing a state that borders four of the five Great Lakes, Gary knows firsthand how important it is for our environment and our economy that we protect our natural resources.

  • Improving Health Care & Prescription Drug Prices

    Michigan families deserve access to quality, affordable health care coverage that helps protect their financial future.

  • Strengthening National Security

    As a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Gary understands our country is facing critical national security challenges.

  • Protecting the Postal Service

    Michiganders count on reliable mail service to receive prescription drugs, paychecks and bills, to cast their ballots, and for small businesses to connect with their customers – especially during the pandemic.

  • Fighting for Civil Rights & the Administration of Justice

    While our nation was founded on the principles of equality, justice, and freedom for all, the struggle for civil rights and true equality continues today.

  • Supporting our Veterans

    Our brave men and women in uniform lay their lives on the line – often far away from their homes and families – to protect our freedoms and defend our way of life.

  • Strengthening Agriculture & Rural Communities

    Agriculture is one of Michigan’s biggest industries, essential to our economy, our rural communities and sustaining millions of families who depend on a safe and affordable food supply.

  • Saving Taxpayer Dollars & Holding Government Accountable

    As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Gary is focused on reducing wasteful government spending and conducting oversight to hold the federal government accountable and ensure Michiganders’ taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.

 

Governance

Making Government Efficient & Effective

Governing by crisis through short-term extensions and budgetary gimmicks is hurting America’s economic growth, and Gary believes we need to take a practical, responsible approach to solving our nation’s fiscal challenges and developing a long-term budget. We cannot grow our economy by slashing vital investments in education, cutting-edge research or job training programs. Gary wants to end harmful spending cuts while making more targeted, strategic cuts to help reduce the deficit. At the same time, we need to be making smart investments in programs that will spur innovation and create good-paying jobs here at home.

A key part of fixing the budget is getting rid of unnecessary government spending and saving taxpayer money. The first bill Gary introduced as a new member of the Senate encourages the federal government’s vehicle fleet to use remanufactured automotive parts, which can help cut costs while reducing waste, without compromising safety. He has introduced bipartisan bills to make government more efficient and effective by reviewing duplicative and overlapping programs and by requiring Congress to debate and vote on spending cuts proposed in the President’s annual budget.

Gary is the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over government operations and studies the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of the federal government’s various agencies and departments.

Civil Rights

Fighting for Civil Rights & the Administration of Justice

While our nation was founded on the principles of equality, justice, and freedom for all, the struggle for civil rights and true equality continues today. Whether it is ensuring equal access to the ballot box, equality in our justice system or equal treatment under the law, Senator Peters is fighting to make our democracy stronger and fairer for everyone.Every Michigan voter should have the freedom to have his or her voice heard in our elections. Gary is committed to ensuring equal access to the ballot box for all Americans, supporting commonsense efforts to modernize our voter registration system, reduce long wait times to vote and prohibit deceptive practices that could discourage voting. With the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a vital part of the Voting Rights Act, Gary wants to find a sensible, bipartisan solution to restore the law and make sure it protects Michiganders.

As a member of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, Gary is also committed to helping ensure our law enforcement officers can do their jobs safely and effectively.  He has supported providing additional resources to law enforcement agencies, including funding for bulletproof vests and strong community-oriented policing strategies. Gary has also worked with civil rights groups and law enforcement organizations to address the tough issues confronting our nation today.  Civil unrest in our communities has underscored that the fact that our justice system faces serious challeges  – from unsustainable costs to overcrowded prisons to disparities in the grand jury process. It has been 50 years since our country’s criminal justice system last had a comprehensive, top-to-bottom review. That is why Gary is working with Senators on both sides of the aisle to create a National Criminal Justice Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of our criminal justice system and identify best practices to protect public safety, promote fairness and strengthen faith in our justice system.

No Michigan family should be discriminated against – period. Gary supported the Supreme Court’s historic decision affirming that every American has the right to marry the person they love and raise a family without fear that they will one day be torn apart. But LGBT Americans across the country still lack many legal protections afforded to other Americans. Gary wants to fix the patchwork of anti-discrimination laws that leave millions of Americans without a clear right to rent an apartment, eat at a restaurant, apply for a credit card or keep their jobs simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Economy

Creating Jobs & Growing Our Economy

Gary’s top priority in the Senate is growing our economy, creating good-paying jobs in Michigan and strengthening our middle class. Our economy has made great strides since the financial crisis, but there is more we can do to encourage our small and large businesses alike to grow and thrive. Michigan has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship, and Gary believes we need to continue fostering the new ideas that will fuel our state’s economic growth for decades to come.

Autos, Manufacturing & Trade

Michigan is the birthplace of the American auto industry, and its booming factories helped win World War II and build America’s middle class. In 2009, Gary worked with President Obama in the midst of the financial crisis to secure the loans necessary to rescue America’s auto industry. These companies have since come roaring back and created thousands of jobs in our state, and Gary wants to ensure that the cars and trucks of the future continue to be built in America and in Michigan.

We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will soon allow vehicles to communicate their location, speed, and other data electronically with each other and our transportation infrastructure. These technologies could reduce accidents by as much as 80 percent, reduce fuel consumption, cut congestion and save thousands of lives. As a member of the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, Gary is fighting to ensure these new technologies are being developed, tested and deployed right here in America. He has introduced bipartisan bills to promote investments in vehicle-to-infrastructure technology and to support smart investments in R&D for clean vehicle technologies.

Michigan is prepared to continue leading the way in advanced manufacturing, which supports the good-paying jobs that are essential to maintaining a robust middle class. Gary has been a strong supporter of funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the only public-private partnership dedicated to providing technical support and services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. He has also advocated for the long-term reauthorization for the Export-Import Bank, the independent federal agency that helps American companies sell their products overseas.

Gary believes that Congress must do more to bring balance to our trade agreements and address issues like currency manipulation and unfair trade and labor practices. Our trade policies should create a level playing field so that American workers and companies who play by the rules can get a fair deal and compete in today’s global economy. He has consistently stood up for tougher enforcement of existing trade rules and has supported strong funding for the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to improve America’s ability to crack down on illegal trade barriers.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Gary knows that small businesses drive our economy, with two out of every three new jobs created by small businesses. He is committed to ensuring that our startups and small business owners have the resources to survive, compete and grow. Access to capital is one of their biggest hurdles, and Senator Peters is working to expand the Small Business Administration’s main lending program to meet growing demand.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Gary helped write and pass the Small Business Jobs Act, which makes it easier for small, community-based financial institutions to increase their capacity to lend and has resulted in billions of dollars in new small business lending activity. He also authored the State Small Business Credit Initiative to create innovative lending programs that are attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in new private sector investments.

Education

Investing in Education

As a product of Michigan’s public schools, Gary understands that all of our children deserve a fair chance to succeed, and a good education gives them the tools they need to achieve their full potential. Education is a central component of economic development. If America does not lead the world in education, our future workforce will be less productive and less globally competitive. Gary is committed to a strong public education system that provides students with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century global economy. That means access to quality public schools for all children and affordable higher education for all who choose to pursue it.

Making sure that all of our children receive the best education possible starts with investing in our schools from early childhood to high school graduation. That includes funding science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education that will help keep American students globally competitive. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Gary helped write the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, which made landmark investments in STEM education and programs. In the U.S. Senate, Gary is now leading the effort to help shape federal research and development policy priorities previously authorized by the COMPETES Act to improve American innovation and competitiveness. To help our students succeed, we have an obligation to make sure our schools have the resources they need to give the next generation the brightest future possible.

Higher education is increasingly essential to a bright economic future, but the cost of college continues to become more and more burdensome for families. With the majority of college students now graduating with significant debt, making higher education more affordable for everyone is a top priority for Gary. That is why he helped introduce legislation to allow borrowers with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at lower interest rates available to new borrowers. He has also introduced bipartisan legislation to help private student loan borrowers rehabilitate defaulted loans and remove the default from their credit report after making a series of on-time payments.

Matching the skills we teach with the needs of local employers is critical to closing the skills gap that leaves businesses with unfilled job openings and people out of work. Michigan’s manufacturing and auto industries in particular depend on skilled trade workers, and Gary wants to ensure that our education system is designed to produce this workforce. Better training and coordination can help prepare workers for the job opportunities of today and tomorrow.

Environment

Protecting Our Great Lakes & Environment

Representing a state that borders four of the five Great Lakes, Gary knows firsthand how important it is for our environment and our economy that we protect our natural resources.

The Great Lakes are a critical drinking water source, an economic engine and a vital part of our way of life in Michigan. Gary understands that we need policies to help preserve and protect this ecological treasure for future generations. About 40 million people in the United States and Canada count on the Great Lakes as a source of clean drinking water. They are the world’s largest system of fresh surface water, providing about one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water supply. Defending the Great Lakes against pollution and invasive species is essential – not just for preserving fish and wildlife in this fragile ecosystem, but for making sure this is a safe place for our kids and grandkids to swim and play. The Great Lakes also support more than 500,000 jobs in Michigan. From commercial shipping and agriculture to fishing, boating and tourism, the Great Lakes are deeply intertwined with key industries that drive our state’s economy.

Gary is a member of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan working group made up of Senators representing the states bordering the Great Lakes. He has been a leader on pushing for enhanced oversight of aging pipelines in the Great Lakes, such as the one running through the Straits of Mackinac, where a pipeline break could trigger an environmental disaster. Gary continues to support robust funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and is working to protect the Great Lakes from threats ranging from plastic micro-beads and Asian carp to proposed permanent nuclear waste storage. He is working to help Michigan’s waterfront communities develop smart, forward-thinking strategies to revitalize their local economies and make the most of their water resources.

We must constantly be looking towards the future by investing in clean energy job creation and supporting measures to tackle the threat of climate change, which exacerbates current challenges in the Great Lakes like algal blooms and invasive species. Gary is committed to building climate resiliency for our communities and standing firm against attacks on environmental protections. He will fight efforts to undermine our nation’s key environmental laws, and he has opposed plans to develop our most sensitive ecosystems, like the Arctic. He is working in Congress to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, an indispensable tool for protecting our state’s most treasured natural places for all to enjoy. He has also introduced the Vehicle Innovation Act to improve advanced vehicle technology R&D that will boost fuel economy, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Health Care

Expanding Health Care Access

Michigan families deserve access to quality, affordable health care coverage that helps protect their financial future. Because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer discriminate because of pre-existing conditions. Women cannot be charged more than men for their health care simply because of their gender. Young people getting their start in life can stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. People are no longer locked into a job because they need health care. Health care cost increases are finally being brought under control. Millions of Americans are finally gaining some measure of security and stability through affordable health coverage.

Gary supports bipartisan, commonsense efforts to fix the law to make health care reform work better for Michiganders and our small businesses, but he also understands that the law is helping millions of Americans access health insurance, and we cannot afford to lose these new protections and reforms. The Supreme Court has twice upheld key provisions of the law, and Gary will continue to stand up against partisan efforts to repeal the law and go back to a dysfunctional system that puts insurance companies in charge at the expense of Michigan’s families.

Safety

Keeping America Safe & Secure

As a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Gary understands our country is facing critical national security challenges. Whether it’s preventing a nuclear-armed Iran or fighting terrorism and extremism, Gary is committed to keeping the American people safe and secure against these threats.

It is more important than ever that our federal, state, and local governments are able to effectively and efficiently respond to threats, natural disasters and other emergencies. As a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Gary is fighting to ensure we have the tools necessary to secure our borders, support our first responders, prepare and respond to natural disasters, protect critical infrastructure and information systems, and prevent terrorist attacks here at home and abroad.

Veterans

Honoring Our Military & Veterans

Our brave men and women in uniform lay their lives on the line – often far away from their homes and families – to protect our freedoms and defend our way of life. After more than a decade at war, our nation has had a dramatic increase in the number of new veterans, including an influx of women and former guardsmen and reservists. We must ensure that when they call on us, we are there to help. Whether it’s fighting for increased funding for veterans job training programs or dealing with the VA backlog, Gary is always looking for ways to help our service members, veterans and military families who have sacrificed so much for us.

As a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the son of a World War II veteran, Gary has a deep, personal commitment to keeping our promises to America’s veterans. In the Senate, Gary is working to ensure veterans who may have been erroneously discharged from the military because of mental traumas like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) receive fair treatment and don’t lose access to the benefits they have earned through their service. Gary has also introduced bipartisan legislation to extend a tax credit for small businesses that provide differential pay to military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty.

Strengthening Agriculture & Rural Communities

Agriculture is one of Michigan’s biggest industries, keeping our economy strong, supporting our rural communities and sustaining millions of families who depend on a safe and affordable food supply. As the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, Michigan’s blueberries, apples, cherries and sugar beets are just a handful of the roughly 300 crops we grow and ship across the country and the world. Agriculture accounts for one out of four Michigan jobs, and our hardworking farmers, growers and producers use our state’s unique climate and resources to support this important industry and help feed the nation.

Gary is proud to have voted for the bipartisan Farm Bill in 2014 to support Michigan’s thriving agricultural industry. The Farm Bill provides much-needed certainty to our farmers and agricultural producers while investing in the success of our small towns and rural communities.

Supporting Women & Families

Gary supports policies that empower women to get equal pay for equal work and make their own health care decisions. As a father and a husband, he believes these rights make our families stronger and better equipped to succeed.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Gary helped pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act overturning the 180-day statute of limitations for women to seek a legal remedy for lost wages caused by pay discrimination. In the U.S. Senate, he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act that would give women the information they need to better fight wage disparity in the workplace and earn equal pay for equal work. With more and more households counting on a woman’s income to pay the bills and put food on the table, wage discrimination hurts families, and Gary will continue to work until the gender wage gap is closed once and for all.

Gary also believes that women have a fundamental right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health, in consultation with their doctor and their faith – without intrusion from politicians. That is why he supports a plan to prohibit states from imposing burdensome requirements that seek to restrict access to reproductive health care. Gary also wants to prevent for-profit employers from being able to deny their female employees coverage of contraception and other vital health services, and he is working to explicitly prohibit this kind of corporate interference.

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