Scott Peters
Rep. Scott Peters speaks in front of a mural depicting one of SOLV Energy’s solar installations. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Scott Peters for Congress on Thursday, the fifth time the world’s largest business organization has given its backing to the Democrat from La Jolla.

Vartan Djihanian, director of the chamber’s western region, praised Peters for bipartisan leadership in support of the local and national business communities, working with both sides to make “bad bills less bad” and “good bills even better.”

“It’s the small businesses across this district that back him,” added Ashlee Rich Stephenson, senior political strategist for the group. “The U.S. Chamber is very proud to announce our endorsement”

Peters was one of the first Democrats to be endorsed by the national chamber as a changing Republican Party veered away from it’s traditional support for business over the past decade.

Chamber officials joined Peters at the Rancho Bernardo headquarters of SOLV Energy, a $2 billion builder of utility-scale solar power stations.

Also on hand were Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and James Rowten, president and CEO of the Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce,

Peters said his goal in Congress is to focus on “policy changes that matter” for his constituents in the 52nd District, which covers Coronado, coastal San Diego and Poway.

“Unfortunately, too often in DC my colleagues start with the politics,” he said.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.