Peter was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2014 and assumed office in January 2015. He is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Banking & Financial Services, Commerce, Economic Development, and Regulatory Reform Committees. He serves as Chair of the Oversight Committee, the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the Capital Outlay, Environmental Quality, and Higher Education Appropriation Subcommittees.
As a former business owner, job provider and lifelong Michigan resident, Peter believes we should apply business “best practices” to local and state government – attempting to find efficiencies, cut red tape and demand more accountability. Peter has dedicated himself to these principles. Prior to joining the Senate, Peter served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 73rd district. From 1997 through 2010, Peter also served as a Cannon Township Planning Commissioner, Township Trustee and Township Supervisor.
Serving Kent County Area since 2011, some of the Peter’s legislative highlights include:
- Cut legislator pay by 10%
- Eliminated lifetime benefits for legislators
- Cut his office budget by over 18%
- Appropriated funds to pay down the state’s long-term debt by $20 billion
- Increased funding to the state’s “rainy day” budget saving fund to over $1 Billion
- Increased additional funding to roads by $750 million
- Created the Veteran’s Home Ombudsmen statute
- Cut Michigan income taxes
- Helped pass “Freedom to Work” legislation (also known as “Right to Work”)
- Created the Fostering Futures Scholarship Fund – to provide scholarships to aged out foster kids
- Passed a structurally balanced state budget 8-years in a row (and four months ahead of schedule)
- Helped Eliminate the job killing Michigan Business Tax (MBT)
- Eliminated lifetime welfare benefits and implementing a 48-month lifetime cap on cash assistance for able-bodied individuals
- Invested in K12 public education by increasing the funding by $1 billion since 2012 (currently more than $14.7 billion – most in state history)
- Helped phase-out the Personal Property Tax (PPT)
- Sponsored legislation to end double taxation on Michigan businesses
In addition to his official public service, Peter is also an active member of his community. He is a member of the Rockford Lions Club – serving as the club’s President from 2007-2008. He volunteers as a board member with “Finish the Mission” Veterans Relief Fund, helping veterans and their spouses during critical times in their lives. Senator MacGregor is often found pinning Vietnam Veterans with a 50-year commemorative lapel pin – thanking them for their service and properly welcoming these veterans home. Peter is also one of the founding chairmen of “Volley for Mitchell” – a charity volleyball tournament to raise funds for Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy – raising over $150,000 toward the cause, to date.