Peter (Peter) Welch (D-00)

US Representative Peter Welch

Peter (Peter) Welch (D-00)
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Capitol: 202.225.4115
FAX: 202.225.6790
District: 888.605.7270
Room 2187 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4501
128 Lakeside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Residence:Norwich, VT

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Affordable Medicines Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Telehealth Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Outdoor Recreation Caucus (HORC)
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support
Co-ChairMaple Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Biomass Caucus
FC MemberNortheast Water, Air, and Waste Management Caucus
Co-ChairHurricane Irene Coalition
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Security
FC MemberDistributed Generation Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Rural Broadband Caucus
Co-ChairDairy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STARBASE Caucus
FC MemberHouse Civil Legal Aid Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation
FC MemberNortheast Agricultural Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
MemberHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
FC MemberAccess to Legal Aid Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fusion Energy Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Grid Innovation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Reformers Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Reform
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Peter Welch has been a champion for working Vermonters throughout his career. Since his election to Congress in 2006, he has been widely recognized as a thoughtful and effective legislator who chooses governing over gridlock. Peter's record reflects his strong commitment to bringing people together to find common sense solutions to the difficult challenges facing our state and nation. In an era of partisanship, he has worked across the aisle to create jobs, increase access to affordable education and health care, invest in energy efficiency, protect our environment, and care for our veterans. Peter was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969. After working for a year in Chicago fighting housing discrimination as one of the first Robert F. Kennedy Fellows, he enrolled in law school at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1973. After law school, he settled in White River Junction, Vermont where he worked as a public defender before founding a small law practice. He was first elected to represent Windsor County in the Vermont Senate in 1980. In 1985, he was unanimously elected by his colleagues to lead the chamber, becoming the first Democrat in Vermont history to hold the position of President Pro Tempore. In 2006, Peter was elected to Vermont's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. His campaign gained nationwide attention for being the only contested congressional race in the country where both candidates refused to air negative ads. In Congress, Peter is a leading advocate for energy efficiency, cutting the price of prescription drugs, investing in infrastructure, and expanding broadband and telemedicine in rural America. Peter is a Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. He is married to Margaret Cheney, commissioner of the Vermont Public Utility Commission. They share a home in Norwich, Vermont.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: State Rep. Margaret Cheney   DOB: 5/2/1947
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