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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 52

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Scott Peters

U.S. Representative
244,145 votes (61.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Helping the nation recover from COVID-19, and preserving and improving affordable healthcare for working families.
  • Pursuing and enacting bipartisan solutions to climate change.
  • Safeguarding American liberties by curbing Presidential lawlessness and supporting our system of justice and independent judiciary.



Profession:U.S. Representative
U.S. Representative, California's 52nd Congressional District, United States House of Representatives — Elected position (2013–current)
Commissioner and Chairman, San Diego Unified Port District — Appointed position (2009–2012)
City Councilman and Council President, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2000–2008)
Partner, Peters and Varco, LLP (1996–2000)
Deputy County Council IV, County of San Diego, Office of County Council (1991–1996)
Associate, Baker & McKenzie (1989–1991)
Associate, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (1984–1988)
Economist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1980–1981)


New York University School of Law JD (1984)
Duke University BA (1980)


Scott Peters is a proven leader with a track record of working with everyone to achieve common sense solutions and get things done. Since becoming a member the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, his priorities have been to fix a broken Congress, create high-quality jobs, keep America safe, keep our promises to our veterans, and make college more affordable for middle-class families. Since his time on the City Council, and as a Port Commissioner, Scott has developed a solid reputation as someone who is willing to reach across the aisle and achieve bipartisan solutions to tough problems.

Before being elected to Congress, Scott served as chair of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that produces tens of thousands of high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans. The Port manages the state tidelands in and around San Diego Bay, which produces around $3.3 billion in direct economic impact to the region and supports middle-class jobs for around 40,000 San Diegans.

Scott served at the Port after completing two terms on the San Diego City Council, where he was San Diego’s first City Council President, elected to the role three years in a row by his colleagues. While at the City, Scott pursued greater accountability and efficiency in government, with a results-oriented approach. He led the creation of a new council/mayor form of government with an independent budget review function; created an independent audit function; hired the City’s first independent budget analyst; completed over $2 billion in downtown redevelopment including a new major league ballpark that generated more than 19,000 jobs; delivered an 80% reduction in sewer spills and beach closure days; set new standards for energy and water conservation in new development; and completed major district infrastructure, including Highway 56.

Prior to entering public service, Scott had a 16-year legal career in private practice, specializing in environmental law. He worked as an associate at large law firms, as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Diego, and then had his own small law firm for a number of years. 

Scott has also worked extensively as a community leader to grow our economy, improve education, and protect the environment – including service as a member of the boards of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, CleanTECH San Diego, and the UCSD Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Climate Initiative at The San Diego Foundation.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and worked as an economist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency before attending New York University School of Law. He and his wife of 34 years, Lynn, are 31-year residents of the 52nd District. They live in La Jolla, and have a grown daughter and son.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Scott Peters:

The pandemic has increased the urgency of improving health care. I have always fought to ensure health care is affordable, accessible, innovative, steered by science and data, and driven by wellness instead of treatment. This approach can improve quality of life, save lives, and reduce costs in the long term. Never before has this been as clear as it has been during this pandemic. Those without access to care, who are more likely to have pre-existing conditions, are hit hardest by the virus and more likely to fall victim to its worst effects which are more deadly and more expensive to treat. The United States has yet to standardize national, state, county or city-level public reporting on COVID-19, providing experts only a fraction of the data we need to fight the pandemic. Last month, I introduced the Health Statistics Act that will fix detrimental inconsistencies in data collection and reporting, which is essential to effectively combat the coronavirus pandemic.

While the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, I have long supported its goals to deliver affordable, accessible medical care to those who need it. In 2017, I was proud to stand up against Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, including the elimination of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, in first a 27-hour markup in the Energy and Commerce Committee and then again on the floor. Instead of sabotaging healthcare for those who need it most, I believe that Congress should take steps to strengthen the Affordable Care Act to keep premiums down for families in San Diego and around the country. To that end, I introduced legislation to establish dedicated federal funding for reinsurance programs that help states keep premiums down. I have also supported efforts to support advertising around open enrollment periods to get as many healthy people into risk pools as possible and support creating a public option, one in which, for example, people could buy into Medicare. Finally, one of the keys to ensuring that healthcare is affordable is addressing out of pocket costs for the drugs we all need to lead healthy lives. While I am concerned that elements of H.R.3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act would have a chilling effect on innovation, I ultimately supported the bill to help deliver lower drug costs for families. However, recognizing that H.R.3 is unlikely to become law in the current Congressional make up, I am focused on identifying bipartisan solutions to bring down drug prices for families now, because those who are struggling to afford their life-saving medicines can’t afford to wait for Congress. To that end, I have supported measures to speed up bureaucratic approvals of generic drugs, have introduced legislation to create an incentive for doctors to prescribe lower-cost biosimilar drugs under Medicare Part B, and helped pass legislation that would remove roadblocks to the research and development of generic alternatives to some of our costliest medicines.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Scott Peters:

During my first term in Congress, a bipartisan group of Senators passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act out of the Senate and sent it to the House for consideration. Sadly, then-Speaker Boehner refused to allow the House to vote on that measure. That bill would have substantively addressed many of the immigration issues we continue to confront today: lack of status for young people and families who know no other country as their home, concerns over drug smuggling and human trafficking across our southern border, establishing a rigorous pathway to citizenship for those who are currently present in the United States illegally, among many others. I was a cosponsor of the House’s version of that legislation, and wish that we had the opportunity to pass that bill out of the House to send on to President Obama for signature. Today, we continue to need solutions to questions of status for Dreamers and those who are currently present illegally. We need to invest in smart, targeted border security instead of a medieval wall that will do nothing to stem the flow of migrants toward our borders. We need to reform the process for recruiting and retaining highly skilled immigrants, in addition to evaluating the labor needs of all our economic sectors. And, sadly, we now need to address the horrors present in our immigration system established by this Administration—prohibiting the separation of children and families, ending the practice of holding migrants in camps in Mexico, among others. As with any major legislation, if it is to be lasting, it must have bipartisan support, and I would work to ensure that fixing our broken immigration system is a bipartisan process.

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Scott Peters:

There are many potential funding streams for infrastructure projects, but the most important funding stream is the one that can be enacted so that we can begin to make long-needed improvements to our infrastructure. 

In addition to utilizing existing project-specific funding options like the Passenger Facility Charge for airports and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for ports, Congress should evaluate whether current fees associated with power generation are at appropriate levels.

Notably, it is important not only to infrastructure projects, but also to stave off the worst effects of climate change that Congress establish some form of carbon fee. Setting a price on carbon will help increase revenue from power generation that puts carbon into the atmosphere. It could be refundable for families and small businesses, and it could potentially replace the gas tax. 

These types of fees are not a panacea. Congress should debate concepts like establishing fees for vehicle miles traveled, fees on the movement of goods or freight, and even increasing the corporate tax rate.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $1,871,825

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

General Atomics and employees
Charter Communications and employees
Scott Peters
Raytheon Technologies and employees
American Clinical Laboratory Association and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

District of Columbia 33.40%
California 30.93%
Virginia 7.84%
Illinois 3.42%
Other 24.41%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.60%)
Small contributions (4.40%)

By Type:

From organizations (68.42%)
From individuals (31.58%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

While so many in Washington seem interested only in political gamesmanship and blaming others for the problems we face, Scott has forged a different path. He has introduced multiple bills to make college more affordable, has become a nationally-recognized leader in the fight to reduce gun violence, has been a strong voice for our nation’s military, and has repeatedly stood up to attempts in Congress to take away a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

Videos (5)

— February 20, 2020 Scott Peters for Congress

Rep. Scott Peters supports common-sense gun safety reforms to reduce senseless gun violence.

— February 20, 2020 Scott Peters for Congress

Rep. Scott Peters passed a bill to help address the tragic epidemic of veteran suicide.

— February 20, 2020 Scott Peters for Congress

Reforms to fix a broken Congress.

— February 20, 2020 Scott Peters for Congress

Why Barack Obama endorsed Scott Peters' re-election to Congress in 2016.

— February 20, 2020 Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Rep. Scott Peters on a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.

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