Biography

AT A GLANCE

Senator Douglas J.J. Peters (Democrat – Prince George’s) is a lifelong resident of Maryland, a decorated military combat veteran, and a successful small business owner in Prince George’s County. Upon his entry into the Senate in 2007, he was appointed as a member of the prestigious Senate Budget and Tax Committee, since 2016 Senator Peters has served as only the second Majority Leader from Prince George’s County in over 50 years. During his tenure as an elected official, 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 including his leadership role in the business community by serving as President of the Prince George’s Board of Trade.  Senator Peters began his official public service in 1998 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 Bowie City Council, Senator Peters continued his community involvement by serving on the Board of Directors of The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce 1997-2000, as President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce from 2000-2001, and as a member of the Prince George’s 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 for eight years, serving as HSA President of St. Pius X Regional School and joining the Steering Committee for DeMatha Catholic High School as well as Elizabeth Seton 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 prestigious 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 Vice Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, which have jurisdiction over areas such as education, school construction and health care funding. In 2016 Senator Peters was appointed the Senate Majority Leader, serving as only the second Majority Leader selected from Prince George’s County in over 50 years.

Senator Peters’ leadership has been widely recognized. Senator Peters has been appointed as member of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board, The Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Disorders, and The Joint Committee on Federal Relations. Committee on Substance Abuse as well as to numerous Commissions and Task Forces to study issues which affect 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 was responsible for working with other Senators, as well as county leaders, to advance legislation important to Prince George’s County and, more broadly, that Prince George’s voice is well heard in the State Senate.

Senator Peters is the immediate past 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 Veterans’ 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 along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Commander of both.

PERSONAL 

Senator Peters received his Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Maryland in 1985, he furthered his education by earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Baltimore in 1990.

Senator Peters and his wife Corinne have been married 29 years and are the proud parents of six children and one grandchild who all reside 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.