Report: Peters is No. 7 in U.S. Senate bills introduced, Stevens is 7th-most prolific freshman tweeter

    Gary Peters (left) and Haley Stevens (right)

    Two members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have caught the eye of number-crunchers in Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Capitol | Susan J. Demas

    Both U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) have been busy during the 116th Congress, according to the August recess report analyzing legislation and social media from Quorum, a D.C.-based data company.

    Peters has introduced 39 bills this session, making him No. 7 for senators in the 116th Congress. He also has co-sponsored 30% of bills for the opposite party. He’s tied with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) as the Democrat with the third-highest percentage in this metric.

    For U.S. House freshmen, Stevens has the distinction of being the seventh-most frequent tweeter, logging 1,278 tweets from Jan. 1 to July. 31.

    Michigan has a 16-member congressional delegation, with two Democratic senators and 14 U.S. House members. The House delegation is split with seven Democrats, six Republicans and one independent.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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