Education: Duke U., B.A. 1980 (economics & political science); New York U., J.D. 1984
Career: Lawyer; deputy county attorney; EPA economist
Political highlights: San Diego City Council, 2000-2008 (president, 2006-08); candidate for San Diego city attorney, 2008; San Diego Unified Port District Board of Port Commissioners, 2009-present
Scott Peters, D-Calif. (52nd District)
Do not expect to hear Peters railing against Republican legislative proposals if he arrives in Washington in January.
Im not a real fiery speech maker. Im a pretty good listener, he says in a soft-spoken voice. Some people have called it conversational leadership.
Peters considers economic issues his top priority, starting with job creation.
He blames the federal budget process, which he describes as wacky, for creating uncertainty in the nations economy. His district relies heavily on military spending, which is scheduled to face steep cuts at the end of the year if the sequestration process is completed.
But cutting the deficit, he adds, is crucial for the economic recovery. He says he would endorse a budget plan that funds the governments needs and, at the same time, makes the country not so deficit dependent.
I dont know why were not talking about tax policy in the Simpson-Bowles plan, he says, referring to a failed bipartisan effort to reduce the budget deficit through spending cuts and changes to the tax code.
Peters aspires to a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, citing his desire to shape the direction of tax policy.
With more than a decade of experience in local government, including the San Diego unified port district and City Council, he also has his eye on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a safer bet for a freshman.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.