Congressman Scott Peters serves the country’s most beautiful congressional district, California’s 50th, in San Diego County. First elected in 2012, Scott’s career has been defined by major legislative victories for our veterans and military, deploying clean energy, reducing drug costs while protecting innovation, and confronting the substance abuse crisis.
Above all else, Scott works to improve the quality of life for San Diegans. To that end, he has championed San Diego’s innovation and life sciences economy, strengthened the San Diego – U.S. Military partnership, tackled the scourge of cross-border sewage, and taken on homelessness and the housing shortage with federal funds.
In Congress, Scott serves on the House Energy and Commerce and House Budget Committees, where he has championed and passed historic legislation to protect our environment and promote the energy transition and works to fix a broken budget process and take on our nation’s unsustainable debt. In addition to his Committee assignments, he co-chairs the Bipartisan Fiscal Forum and the House Special Operations Forces Caucus, chairs the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change and Clean Energy Task Force, and is a vice-chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus.
After a 15-year career as an environmental lawyer, Scott was elected to the San Diego City Council, where he later became the City’s first City Council President. On the Council, Scott helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of several major infrastructure projects. He also pursued greater accountability and efficiency through the creation of a new Council/Mayor form of government with an independent budget review function.
Scott later served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that supports over 40,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans, with $3.3 billion in direct regional economic impact.
Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 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 33 years reside in La Jolla, where they raised their son and daughter.
Biography Summary for Event Introductions
Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 50th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, San Marcos, Escondido and coastal San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Budget Committee and the House Equality Caucus.
Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work since serving on the San Diego City Council. As a Member of Congress, Scott focuses on advancing practical and critical climate policies, promoting and expanding San Diego’s innovation ecosystem, advocating for San Diego’s pivotal role as a partner in the national defense, and making government work. Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott Peters understands that problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to get things done.