Peter Welch is a Representative from Vermont. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947, he earned his A.B. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1969 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He was a private practice lawyer, a member of the Vermont state senate from 1981-1989 and 2002-2007, the minority leader from 1983-1985, the president pro tempore from 1985-1989 and 2003-2007, and was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the 101st Congress in 1988. He was elected as a Democrat to the 110th and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2007-present).