AT A GLANCE
Senator Douglas J.J. Peters (Democrat – Prince George’s) is a lifelong resident of Maryland, a decorated combat veteran, and a successful small business owner. A member of the powerful Senate Budget and Tax Committee, Senator Peters has served with distinction on the municipal, county, and state levels.
Senator Peters is one of only a few members of the Senate who is an owner of a small business. His work in the Senate has focused on supporting small minority and family owned businesses, improving education, and serving our nation’s Veterans.
BOWIE CITY COUNCILMAN
Although he has long been active in community affairs, Senator Peters began his official public service in 1988 when he successful won a seat on the Bowie City Council. He served on the Council from 1998-2002, including being elected by his colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro Tem from 2000-2002.
While on the City Council, Senator Peters continued his community involvement serving on the board of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, as President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce from 2000-2001, and as a member of the Prince Georges County Public Schools Management Oversight Panel from 1998-2002.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COUNCILMEMBER
In 2002, Senator Peters was ready to serve his community in a new capacity. He campaigned for and won a seat on the Prince Georges County Council representing the 4th District.
On the County Council, he served as Chair of the Public Safety & Fiscal Management committee (for three years), Vice-Chair of the Planning, Zoning & Economic Development committee, and sat on the Health, Education & Human Services committee.
Even with a full plate of County Council responsibilities, Peters found time to volunteer, serving as an Assistant Football Coach at the Bowie Boys and Girls Club, and joining the Steering Committee for DeMatha Catholic High School, of which he is still an active member.
After four years on the County Council, Senator Peters realized that he could best effect change on the state level. In 2006 he successfully ran to represent the people of the 23rd Legislative District in the Maryland State Senate.
IN THE STATE SENATE
Senator Peters was sworn in as the Senator representing District 23 in January of 2007. He was immediately appointed to the powerful Budget and Taxation committee where he is well positioned to ensure that District 23 remains strong, safe and prosperous. He sits on several important subcommittees, and serves as Chair of the Pensions Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, which have jurisdiction over areas such as education, school construction and health care funding. Recently, Senator Peters was also appointed as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Senator Peters’ leadership has been widely recognized. Senator Peters has been appointed as member of the Special Committee on Substance Abuse, Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and most recently to the Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Service as well as to numerous Commissions and Task Forces to study issues which effect his constituents on a daily basis.
In 2009, Senator Peters was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chair of the Prince George’s County Senate Delegation. In that capacity, he is responsible for working with other Senators, as well as county leaders, to advance legislation important to Prince Georges County and, more broadly, that Prince Georges’ voice is well heard in the State Senate.
Senator Peters also serves as Senate Chair of the Veteran’s Caucus. While serving his country in the first Gulf War, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. His knowledge of and commitment to Veteran’s issues has led to his appointments to many boards and commissions dealing with Veterans and Veteran’s Affairs including the Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Task Force on Military Service Members, Veterans, and the Courts and the Veteran’s Behavioral Health Task Force. He also served as Co-Chair of the Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans (2007 – 08). Additionally, he is active in the American Legion, and served as Commander.
After receiving his Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Maryland in 1985, Senator Peters began to play a leadership role in the business community by serving as President of the Prince George’s Board of Trade. He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Baltimore in 1990.
Senator Peters and his wife Corinne have been married 27 years and are the proud parents of six children. They live in Bowie, MD. Senator Peters volunteers for the Bowie Interfaith Community Food Pantry, is active in the Knights of Columbus, the Bowie Lions Club and formerly the Bowie State University Foundation Board. He and his family are active members of Ascension Catholic Church.
Assistant football coach for Bowie Boys & Girls Club; Board of Director of Elizabeth Seton Catholic High School Foundation; Past President St. Pius X Regional Catholic School Home & School Association; President’s Advisory Committee Greater Baltimore Committee; 1997 graduate Leadership Washington; Member Bowie Lions, Bowie Elks, Knights of Columbus 4th degree; Certified Records Manager (CRM); Board Member, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation