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Group names Peters 4th-most effective U.S. Senate Democrat

By: - March 7, 2019 7:31 pm

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) was named the fourth-most effective Democrat in the Senate last term by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking.

Peters is a freshman up for re-election in 2020. The Charlottesville, Va,-based group cited him for his bipartisan legislation signed into law to strengthen the ability for small businesses to protect their intellectual property and patents, as well as legislation to save taxpayer dollars by streamlining the federal property inventory review process.

“Despite his minority-party status, he was very active in navigating a number of legislative items through the Republican-controlled Senate,” said said Alan Wiseman, co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking. “His success in advancing his legislative agenda in the 115th Congress is greater than one would expect, given his relatively low seniority in the Senate.”

The Center for Effective Lawmaking’s analysis is a joint initiative between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University that rates each member of Congress based on 15 metrics, including the bills they sponsor, how far those bills move through the legislative process, and how important their policy proposals are.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who’s running for president next year, was named the No. 1 Democrat. She was followed by former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mon.) and U.S. Sen. John Tester (D-Mont.).

“My top priority is working to get things done for Michigan families — regardless of which political party is in the White House or has the majority in the Senate,” said Peters. “Michiganders expect us to work together in a bipartisan way to find solutions to the very serious challenges facing our nation. I’m going to continue working with both parties to achieve results.”

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