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Gary Peters

Re-elected U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) has been tasked with a big assignment: for the 2022 election cycle – he’s been named the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a two-year gig that is the Senate Democrats’ fundraising arm. Despite being known for having a low, “professorial” profile, he has definitely been a prodigious fundraiser, having won a return to his Senate seat this past November, raising $52 million, in the battle with the very well-funded Republican John James. Now he’ll turn his sights to the midterm elections with the hope of increasing the Democrats’ very tight margin in the Senate, 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. While midterms often favor the party out of power, this time could be the anomaly, as several longtime Republican senators have already announced their retirements, leaving opportunities for Democrats to flip seats – and for Peters to raise his profile if he does his job right.

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