MHA Race of the Week – U.S. Senate

Posted on October 09, 2020

MI Vote Matters LogoThe MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.


This week’s MHA Race of the Week highlights the U.S. Senate race between Michigan’s Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican John James. Like all states, Michigan is represented by two senators in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, which, along with the U.S. House of Representatives, serve as the nation’s legislative body. In addition to lawmaking duties, the Senate is responsible for the ratification of treaties and the confirmation of Cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court justices, federal judges and other executive officials, and ambassadors, among others. Michigan’s other Senate seat is held by Sen. Debbie Stabenow and is not up for election this year.

Peters was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014, following his service as an elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Michigan Legislature and local-level politics. Peters won election for the seat vacated by the retirement of Democratic incumbent Carl Levin. During his time in Congress, Peters has supported a variety of healthcare issues, including voting for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and, more recently, advocating for a variety of COVID-19 relief efforts through his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Visit for more information.

James is currently president of the family-owned business James Group International. He is a graduate of West Point and served for eight years as a Ranger-qualified aviation officer in the U.S. Army. This is his second time running for elected office. He seeks to reform aspects of the ACA, while protecting people with pre-existing conditions. In 2018 James lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow. For more information, visit


Collectively, Congress is responsible for a number of lawmaking and budgetary decisions critical to Michigan’s healthcare community and residents. In addition to setting the course on federal funding that impacts Michigan’s Medicare and Medicaid populations, among other issues, Congress is responsible for making policy decisions that can vastly impact the delivery and access to healthcare in the state, as well as confirmation of Supreme Court nominees. Due to the major financial and policy decisions made in Washington, DC, Michigan relies on its federal officials to advocate and protect the needs of state residents, which is why electing healthcare champions to federal offices is so important.


The MHA and the American Hospital Association have been significant supporters of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. He has proven to be a healthcare champion since 2008 when he first began serving in Congress and carried those values over to the Senate. The current Senator’s years of service to Michigan’s hospital community were recognized in summer 2020, when he received the MHA Special Recognition Award as a gesture of appreciation for protecting healthcare access for Michigan residents.

For more election information and updates or to request Election 2020 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email Join the MHA in talking about Election 2020 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.


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