Peter is a proud fourth generation West Michigander, born and raised in Grand Rapids. Peter’s grandfather, Fred Meijer, instilled in Peter a love for West Michigan and inspired him to pursue a path of purpose and service.
After graduating high school, Peter enlisted in the Army reserves and deployed to Iraq as a non-commissioned officer, postponing his studies to serve with an intelligence unit at joint US-Iraqi bases in the Baghdad area.
After returning from Iraq in 2011 and finishing his studies at Columbia University, Peter joined Team Rubicon, a veteran-based disaster response organization. With Team Rubicon, Peter led humanitarian efforts in South Sudan dealing with a refugee crisis. He also led operations in New York after Superstorm Sandy, Oklahoma after a series of devastating tornadoes, and in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Yolanda.
While in the Philippines, Peter accepted a job with a conflict analysis NGO in Afghanistan.
Peter ran the NGO’s advisory operations in southern Afghanistan from Kandahar City, managing a large team to help aid workers safely provide relief to the Afghan people. Peter last served as acting Deputy Director for Afghanistan, delivering emergency assistance to aid workers after kidnappings and targeted killings.
After leaving Afghanistan, Peter pursued his MBA at New York University then returned to Michigan to work in urban redevelopment and real estate. A passion for service, and for West Michigan, compelled Peter to continue to serve his community by running for Congress.
With the support of his family and wife Gabriella, Peter Meijer was sworn in as the Congressman for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District on January 3rd, 2021.