Senator Gary Peters
Elected in 2014, Senator Gary Peters is honored to represent the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate.
Throughout his career in public service, Peters has been a strong, independent voice for Michigan's middle class families and small businesses. He has focused on uniting our communities by fighting for the things that we all agree on--a stronger economy, good-paying jobs, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a fair chance for everyone to succeed.
Senator Peters was born in Pontiac, Michigan and has lived his entire life in Oakland County. His father was a World War II veteran and public school teacher, and his mother worked at a local nursing home where she organized her workplace as an SEIU union steward. Peters is a product of Michigan schools, graduating from Alma College where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, while working a full time job and raising a family, he went on to earn an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, a law degree from Wayne State University Law School and an M.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University.
For more than 20 years, Peters worked as an investment advisor, helping families save for their retirement and provide for their children's college education. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and he volunteered again for drilling status after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Peters began his public service as a Rochester Hills City Councilman in 1991 before being elected to the Michigan State Senate and serving as the Michigan State Lottery Commissioner. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, Peters fought to ensure the survival of our local auto industry and worked to hold the bad actors on Wall Street that caused the recession accountable.
In the 115th Congress, Peters serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.
Peters and his wife, Colleen, live in Oakland County and have three children: Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana.
Representative Debbie Dingell
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan's 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has made it a priority to be a voice for the Midwest on issues that matter most to working families. A member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Debbie is a leader on efforts to grow manufacturing, improve access to quality affordable health care, support seniors and veterans and protect the Great Lakes.
Recognized as one of the 25 hardest-working Members of Congress, Debbie is focused on forging bipartisan solutions that support Michigan's families and economy, including improving long-term care and ushering in the future of the American auto industry.
Before being elected to Congress, Debbie worked in the auto industry for more than three decades, where she was President of the General Motors (GM) Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs. She was also Chairman of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors, and continues to fight to make education more affordable and accessible in Congress.
Heidi King is the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
She comes to NHTSA with extensive experience in public safety, innovation, risk management, evidence-based decision-making and law enforcement. An economist and research scientist by training, Ms. King parlayed degrees from California Institute of Technology and University of California, Irvine, and her early experience as a California State Park Ranger into a distinguished career in both government and the private sector.
Her work at Telcordia Technologies, a research and development company established after the 1982 breakup of Bell Laboratories, fueled a life-long passion for research innovation and the ability to anticipate and foster technological progress. Areas of particular interest to her in this context include cybersecurity and the development of automated driving systems.
Ms. King served as a Regulatory Policy Analyst in the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 1998 to 2000 and from 2007 to 2011. During her years at OMB and 2 years as Chief Economist on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, she became familiar with NHTSA and the agency's work on Corporate Average Fuel Economy.
Having worked as Senior Manager of Management Science at Pfizer Inc. from 2002 to 2006, and as Global Director of Environmental Risk at General Electric (GE) from 2013 to 2016, she is well-versed in the private sector and the market-forces that challenge manufacturers.
Ms. King never left her early experience and passion for public service and safety behind. She continued to build her knowledge and first-hand experience in the field of safety and public service with a 7-year stint as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Chatham Emergency Squad in Chatham, New Jersey. NHTSA presents the opportunity to bring her research, leadership, and safety experience to the agency.
A retired Vice Admiral, USN and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton where he served on the firm's Leadership Team and led the firm's intelligence and cyber security business.
After retiring from the US Navy in 1996, Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen, to lead development of the firm's Information Assurance and Intelligence business focused on policy, operations, transformation, homeland security, intelligence analytics and counter-terrorism.
Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI, a position of cabinet rank, and a member of the White House National Security Council for two years under Presidents Bush and Obama. As the DNI he managed the expansive national Intelligence Community -- an organization of over 100,000 people, and an annual budget of over $50B. During this time, he had extensive interactions with the White House, the President's Cabinet, Congress, international leaders, and the US business community. In 2009, Mr. McConnell returned to Booz Allen as an executive vice president to lead the firm's Intelligence business. In 2011 he was elevated to the position of Vice Chairman of the firm.
Mr. McConnell's career has spanned over 50 years focused on international and foreign intelligence issues. His 29-year career as a US Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security. During Operation Desert Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's, Mr. McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. As DIRNSA, he led the agency during a critical period as it adapted to the multi-polar threats brought about by the end of the Cold War, providing global intelligence and information security services to the White House, Cabinet officials, Congress, and a broad array of military and civil intelligence agencies.
Mr. McConnell interest since his service as Director of NSA in 1992-96, has been to improve the cyber security posture of businesses and government agencies around the globe to better protect them from hackers, criminals, terrorists and nation states focused on economic espionage or destruction of vital data. He was successful during his time serving as the DNI to get two U.S. Presidents and the U.S. Congress to invest substantially, at the multi-Billion Dollar level, to improve cyber security standards for the US.
Since his retirement from Booz Allen in 2014, Mr. McConnell has served on the Board of Directors or Advisors to a number of start-up companies to develop new technology and capabilities for improved cybersecurity posture. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors to Florida's state-wide Academic Cyber Security Center of Excellence based at the University of South Florida in Tampa and he currently serves on the US based Board of Directors of Nokia for US based business operations.
In addition to having been awarded many of the nation's highest military awards for meritorious service, Mr. McConnell has twice received the nation's highest award for service in the US Intelligence Community, once from President Clinton and once from President George W. Bush. He has also served as the Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). He is the 2011 recipient of INSA's William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.
Mr. McConnell holds an M.P.A. degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom), the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence), and holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Furman University. In addition to being a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. McConnell has also been awarded three Honorary Doctorate degrees -- the most recent from George Washington University in 2008.