Peter was first elected as a Councillor in 2005 to represent the people of Ballyholme and Groomsport.
This is Peter’s fourth term as Assembly Member for North Down having been successfully returned in 2011. Peter is currently a member of the Environment Committee; a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee; and a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission. Peter also serves as the Chief Whip of the DUP Assembly Party.
Peter also represents the Party on the Assembly All Party Group on Human Trafficking; the Assembly All Party Group on European Environmental Regulations, Directives and Decisions; and the Assembly All Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy.
Following the 2016 Assembly Election Peter was appointed as the Minister for the Department of Education.