Peter (Peter) Welch (D)

US Senator Peter Welch

Peter (Peter) Welch (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.4242
FAX: 202.228.0776
District: 802.863.2525
Room 124 RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4505
199 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Residence:Norwich, VT

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Energy
ChairmanSenate Defend Social Security Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
Co-ChairExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight
FC MemberSenate Community Pharmacy Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Water and Power
MemberSenate Subcommittee on National Parks
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
MemberSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberSenate Nursing Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
MemberSenate Committee on Budget
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
FC MemberSenate Friends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberSenate Hunger Caucus
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Children and Families
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Members Group
FC MemberSenate Bike Caucus
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


Peter Welch has been a champion for working Vermonters throughout his career. Since his election to the House of Representatives 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 addressing difficult challenges facing our state and nation- affordability, childcare, climate change, and protecting our democracy. In an era of partisanship, he has worked across the aisle to advance common-sense solutions to the issues that matter to Vermonters. Peter was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969. After working 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 has been a leading advocate for clean energy and energy efficiency, cutting the price of prescription drugs, investing in infrastructure, and expanding broadband and telemedicine in rural America. Peter served as a Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. He also served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. In 2022, he was elected to the United States Senate, where he plans to continue working across the political spectrum to serve Vermonters. 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: 2022    Next Election: 2028
Spouse: State Rep. Margaret Cheney   DOB: 5/2/1947