Gary Peters – Proud Democratic Fighter for Michigan
Gary Peters has stood with President Obama by fighting for the core Democratic values that we believe in. Despite intense Tea Party pressure that could have cost him his seat in Congress, Gary proudly worked to help pass the Affordable Care Act which has provided millions of Americans with access to health care coverage because it was the right thing to do. As our Congressman, Gary Peters has worked to protect collective bargaining rights and fought for policies that put middle class families ahead of billionaire special interests. With the Republicans waging a war on women, Gary Peters is fighting for equality and a woman’s right to choose. Peters proved his effective leadership by uniting House Democrats to successfully protect a program that’s created or saved 41,000 auto manufacturing jobs. His work resulted in the GOP Majority’s first defeat.
- Stood with President Obama on Health Care Reform: Even though he knew that it would put his seat in Congress at great risk, Gary did the right thing by voting to end insurance denials based on pre-existing conditions, close the Medicare donut hole to cut prescription drug costs for 5.1 million seniors and provide free preventative health screenings to 86 million Americans. When it mattered most, Gary Peters proved that he’ll always fight for the core Democratic values that we believe in.
- Fighting back against the Tea Party: In 2009 and 2010 when many Democrats from tough districts folded to the Tea Party, Gary Peters fought back. In Congress, he proudly voted for all of the major Democratic initiatives like Health Care Reform, the Recovery Act, the DREAM Act, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell.
- Standing with Labor Unions to Protect Collective Bargaining Rights from Rightwing Attacks: Gary Peters first learned the importance of organized labor from his mother – an aide at a local nursing home that helped organize her workplace as an SEIU Union Steward. Labor unions literally built our nation and paved the way for some of the most important workplace protections and values that have shaped America into a land of equality and justice. Today however, rightwing extremists have launched an all out assault against organized labor and the right for workers to collectively bargain in Michigan and across America, but Gary Peters is fighting back. In Congress, Gary Peters proudly co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act and has always fought to protect collective bargaining rights. He’s always voted for core union values and, because of his work, he’s earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, UAW, SEIU, AFSCME, MEA, Teamsters, AFT and many more unions.
- Taking on the Republican War on Women: As a husband and a father of two girls, Gary Peters is appalled by the Republican war on women and he’s fighting back. In Congress, he’s taken an active role to preserve funding for Planned Parenthood’s life saving work and recently helped them open a new office in Oakland County. Gary Peters will always stand with organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide low income women with necessary health care, preventative screenings and access to contraception. Peters has always voted to protect a woman’s right to choose and he’s earned a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. Because he believes in a more equal work place, Gary Peters voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure equal pay for equal work.
- Handed the GOP Speaker his first major defeat: Even though Democrats are in the minority, that didn’t stop Gary Peters from leading the successful fight to defeat Republican Speaker John Boehner when he tried to gut a program that created or saved 41,000 auto manufacturing jobs. Because the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program is credited with bringing production of the Ford Focus from Mexico to Wayne County, Peters united the Democratic Party to vote down GOP efforts to cut $1.5 billion from the program. Because of his work to convince Democrats to stand and fight, Republicans suffered their first major defeat since taking the Majority in the House.