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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 52

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Scott Peters

U.S. Representative
188,992 votes (63.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Supporting the innovation economy and helping small businesses grow by fighting for investments in science and our military.
  • Ensuring that America keeps its promises to our veterans by making sure they get they healthcare, benefits and transition assistance they've earned and deserve after their service and sacrifice.
  • Standing up to the reckless Trump Administration that is putting the nation's global leadership at risk, threatening the prosperity of working families, and dismantling protections designed to keep our air and water clean.



Profession:U.S. Representative
U.S. Representative, California's 52nd Congressional District — Elected position (2013–current)
Commissioner and Chairman, San Diego Unified Port District — Appointed position (2009–2012)
City Councilman and President, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2000–2008)
Partner, Peters and Varco, LLP (1996–2000)
Deputy County Council IV, County of San Diego, Office of County Council (1991–1996)
Associate, Baker & McKenzie (1989–1991)
Associate, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (1984–1988)
Economist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1980–1981)


New York University School of Law JD (1984)
Duke University BA (1980)


Scott Peters is a proven leader with a track record of working with everyone to achieve common sense solutions and get things done. Since becoming a member the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, his priorities have been to fix a broken Congress, create high-quality jobs, keep America safe, keep our promises to our veterans, and make college more affordable for middle-class families. Since his time on the City Council, and as a Port Commissioner, Scott has developed a solid reputation as someone who is willing to reach across the aisle and achieve bipartisan solutions to tough problems.

Before being elected to Congress, Scott served as chair of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that produces tens of thousands of high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans. The Port manages the state tidelands in and around San Diego Bay, which produces around $3.3 billion in direct economic impact to the region and supports middle class jobs for around 40,000 San Diegans.

Scott served at the Port after completing two terms on the San Diego City Council, where he was San Diego’s first City Council President, elected to the role three years in a row by his colleagues. While at the City, Scott pursued greater accountability and efficiency in government, with a results-oriented approach. He led the creation of a new council/mayor form of government with an independent budget review function; created an independent audit function; hired the City’s first independent budget analyst; completed over $2 billion in downtown redevelopment including a new major league ballpark that generated more than 19,000 jobs; delivered an 80% reduction in sewer spills and beach closure days; set new standards for energy and water conservation in new development; and completed major district infrastructure, including Highway 56.

Prior to entering public service, Scott had a 16-year legal career in private practice, specializing in environmental law. He worked as an associate at large law firms, as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Diego, and then had his own small law firm for a number of years. 

Scott has also worked extensively as a community leader to grow our economy, improve education, and protect the environment – including service as a member of the boards of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, CleanTECH San Diego, and the UCSD Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board, and as Chair of the Climate Initiative at The San Diego Foundation.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University 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 30 years, Lynn, are 27-year residents of the 52nd District. They live in La Jolla and have a grown daughter and son.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (5)

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
Answer from Scott Peters:

I support family reunification.

Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
Answer from Scott Peters:

No. There are better ways to secure our southern border than by building a wall from coast to coast. Donald Trump wants to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money on a wall that most Americans oppose and that won’t secure the border as well as other more innovative, less expensive technology. What we need is better, newer more innovative technology to detect underground tunnels used to smuggle drugs and people, and more customs agents with better technology to screen cars and cargo driving through border crossings. 

San Diegans view the border as an opportunity, not a threat. It is an economic engine for San Diego and our country.

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
Answer from Scott Peters:

Yes. As a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have been a consistent, vocal advocate for Congressional action to address gun violence. In the wake of Sandy Hook, Aurora, Pulse nightclub, Las Vegas and now Parkland, Congressional action is long, long overdue. After each of these tragedies, Congressional Republicans hold a moment of silence in honor of those whose lives were senselessly cut short, and then send “thoughts and prayers,” and then do nothing to make it better. That needs to change. I am ready to make our background check system work better, and I’m ready to ban bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and weapons of war that have no place in our schools or in our communities. My priority now is to raise the volume on this issue — to make it so that Congressional Republicans can’t just move on — and to help all of those who have been calling for action from Congress to have their voices heard.

I have focused on pushing legislation to establish universal background checks because it has broad bipartisan support and, thus, the best chance of passage in the House. 

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
Answer from Scott Peters:

Yes. Pulling the U.S. out of NAFTA would rip the rug out from underneath our economy and devastate small business owners, workers, and families in San Diego and across the country. It would create new barriers that make it harder to sell American-made products and crops to our two largest customers. And it would raise the prices that working families pay for everything from cars to groceries.

All but ten states in the U.S. count on Mexico or Canada as their largest export markets. In San Diego, they are our two top customers, with $5.5 billion in annual exports to Mexico alone. San Diego’s economy has benefitted greatly from being a center for international trade and it has made our binational region a more attractive place to start a business and manufacture products. Pulling out of NAFTA could hurt this ecosystem and the 120,000 San Diegans whose jobs depend on trade.

NAFTA isn’t perfect. It makes sense to prioritize raising enforceable environmental and labor standards through trade agreements to further level the playing field for American workers.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Scott Peters:

As a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, I fought back attempts to strip access to health care away from millions of Americans.  I support the Affordable Care Act. And it was a huge undertaking. That means it was bound to need fixes over time and I’ve sought ways to repair and improve those elements that aren’t working the way they were intended.

Here are some reforms I’ve supported:

1. Congress should reauthorize and make permanent federal reinsurance programs, which protect insurers against the costliest medical claims. Without a sufficiently funded reinsurance program, insurers with sicker enrollees would have to charge higher premiums to all of their customers to stem their financial losses.

2. Congress should shield Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies (CSRs) from the uncertain appropriations process and commit to long-term funding. These subsidies reduce out-of-pocket health care costs for hardworking American families. If CSRs ended, insurance would become unaffordable for many, more insurers would hike premiums or leave the exchanges altogether, and the federal government would foot the bill for newly uninsured families flocking to the emergency room for basic care.

3. One of the most important ways to keep insurance available and premiums down is to get young, healthy people into the insurance pool. The ACA tries to do this with an “individual mandate” — everyone has to get insurance or pay a fine. As an alternative to the mandate, Congress could authorize an automatic enrollment system, where young individuals who do not purchase insurance would be automatically enrolled in an inexpensive health plan that covers basic primary care and catastrophic illness or injury.

Many individual insurance markets need help today, and the fixes are available and need not be partisan. This is what Congress should be doing.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,720,712

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Scott Peters
Cox Enterprises and employees
Employees of University of California, San Diego
General Atomics and employees
Eli Lilly and Company and employees

More information about contributions

By State:

California 36.37%
District of Columbia 32.77%
Virginia 6.21%
Illinois 3.52%
Other 21.13%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.00%)
Small contributions (7.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (60.31%)
From individuals (39.69%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

While so many in Washington seem interested only in political gamesmanship and blaming others for the problems we face, Scott has forged a different path; he’s introduced multiple bills to make college more affordable, become a nationally recognized leader in the fight to reduce gun violence, has been a strong voice for our nation’s military, and has repeatedly stood up to attempts in Congress to take away a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.

Videos (5)

— May 2, 2018 Scott Peters for Congress

Rep. Scott Peters supports common-sense gun safety reforms to reduce senseless gun violence. 

— May 2, 2018 Scott Peters for Congress

Rep. Scott Peters passed a bill to help address the tragic epidemic of veteran suicide. 

— May 2, 2018 Scott Peters for Congress

Reforms to fix a broken Congress. 

— May 2, 2018 Scott Peters for Congress

Why Barack Obama endorsed Scott Peters' re-election to Congress in 2016. 

— May 2, 2018 Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Rep. Scott Peters on a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. 

Candidate Contact Info

Campaign Name: Scott Peters for Congress
Phone: (858) 848-7515
PO Box 22074
San Diego, CA 92192

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