Detroit Mercy alumni in the U.S. House and Senate

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters

Here’s a fun fact for the Jesuit educated: Ten percent of the 115th U.S. Congress that was sworn in last week, are graduates of Jesuit colleges and universities.

Of the 56 Jesuit institution alumni, two are from University of Detroit Mercy.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters ’84, who represents Michigan, is one of 12 in the Senate who hail from Jesuit institutions.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan

Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan ’86, a Republican, is one of 44 Jesuit alumni who serve in the House of Representatives.

Peters is the newcomer, elected in 2014; Buchanan was first elected in 2006.

Both earned their MBAs in the College of Business Administration.

American Jesuit Colleges and Universities President Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., said, “A hallmark of Jesuit education is service to others, and we are proud to see that commitment represented by the alumni of Jesuit institutions who serve in the House and Senate. We appreciate their leadership and look forward to working with them during the 115th Congress.”


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