Congressman Gary Peters to run for U.S. Senate

Congressman Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township

Congressman Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, announced he is running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be open due to the retirement of Sen. Carl Levin.

Peters, who has served in Congress since 2009, is the only Democratic candidate who’s announced a Senate bid. The election is in November 2014.

A former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Peters served in the Michigan Senate from 1995 through 2002. He came within 0.17 percent of winning the 2002 attorney general’s race before serving as the state lottery commissioner under Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Peters unseated Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg in 2008.

An expert in finance, Peters received a bachelor’s degree from Alma College and master of business administration from the University of Detroit. He also holds a law degree from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in philosophy from Michigan State University.

No Republican candidates have formally announced a bid for Senate, although U.S. Reps. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, and Mike Rogers, R-Howell, are known to be exploring a run.

MEA-PAC’s Screening and Recommendation Committee will conduct a thorough review of all candidates before issuing a recommendation.