Peter currently serves as the Assembly Minority Leader. He had previously served as Majority Caucus Chairman and as Co-Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Representative Barca returned to the state legislature in 2009, representing the district he had previously held from 1985 until 1993. During his initial tenure in the State Capitol, Peter authored and passed a wide variety of proposals covering diverse and important issues such as economic development, protection for seniors and the disabled, education, employment and job training, criminal justice, and environmental protection. He also worked closely with the Kenosha delegation to help pass legislation that led to the creation of the Lakeview Corporate Park, which helped to attract dozens of new businesses that then created thousands of jobs.
Peter also chaired several special legislative committees that led to Wisconsin’s nationally recognized welfare reform program, implemented the award-winning ‘one stop shop’ employment and training systems, and developed the roadmap for rail services between Kenosha and Milwaukee.
When Congressman Les Aspin was appointed Secretary of Defense in 1993, Peter won the open congressional seat in a special election and served in the U.S. House of Representatives. After that he served as the Midwest Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the Clinton Administration. He was also the leader of the National Regulatory Fairness Program, an initiative which included more than fifty company Presidents throughout the country aimed at making regulatory enforcement small business friendly.