Peter (Peter) F. Welch (D-USH00)
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Capitol: 202.225.4115
FAX: 202.225.6790
District: 888.605.7270
District FAX: 802.652.2497
Room 2187 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4501

Residence: Norwich, VT
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: State Rep. Margaret Cheney   DOB: 5/2/1947
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Community Pharmacy Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Affordable Medicines Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Telehealth Caucus
FC MemberNortheast Water, Air, and Waste Management Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
MemberHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Co-ChairCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Security
FC MemberCongressional Grid Innovation Caucus
FC MemberDistributed Generation Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support
FC MemberCongressional STARBASE Caucus
FC MemberHouse Outdoor Recreation Caucus (HORC)
FC MemberCongressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation
FC MemberNortheast Agricultural Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Reform
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Reformers Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)


Congressman Peter Welch has been a champion of working Vermonters throughout his distinguished career. Since his election to Congress in 2006, he has been widely recognized as a skillful legislator who chooses governing over gridlock.

Peter was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross. As one of the country's first Robert F. Kennedy Fellows, he fought housing discrimination in Chicago and went on to earn a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He settled in Vermont's Upper Valley and worked as a public defender before founding a small law practice.

He was first elected to the Vermont Senate in 1980 and later was selected by his colleagues to lead the chamber, becoming the first Democrat in Vermont history to hold the position of Senate President Pro Tempore.

After a break from electoral politics during the 1990s, Peter returned to the Vermont Senate in 2002. He was quickly selected by his colleagues to once again lead the Senate.

In 2006, he was elected to Vermont's 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. Vermonters have returned him to the House by wide margins in subsequent elections.

Peter's accomplishments in Congress reflect his strong commitment to bringing people together to find common ground on the challenges facing our nation. In an era of partisanship, he has worked across the aisle to create jobs, invest in energy efficiency, increase access to affordable education and health care, protect our national security and civil liberties, and care for our veterans.

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 Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. For more information on his committee assignments, click here.

Peter is married to Margaret Cheney, a member of the Vermont Public Service Board. They share a home in Norwich, Vermont.

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