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About Peter

As the dean of the Oregon House delegation, Peter DeFazio has developed a reputation as an independent, passionate and effective lawmaker. DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

DeFazio has served on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee since he came to Congress, including as Chairman or Ranking Member of four of the six subcommittees. In 2005, DeFazio helped negotiate a federal highway and transit spending bill that secured $2.7 billion for Oregon's roads, bridges, highways and transit systems. In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development. DeFazio will continue to fight for investments that result in job creation, increased safety, economic efficiency and strategic growth. As the top Democrat on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio was most recently instrumental in passing the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization of 2018, which includes critical safety improvements and consumer protections, and the Water Resources Development Act of 2018, which will allow for improvements to our Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, and ecosystem restoration. In addition, DeFazio has introduced a long-term solution to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Peter was an early target of a Super PAC in 2010 which aired attack ads in Oregon eight months after the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. It was later disclosed that the funds were derived from one individual, Wall Street billionaire Robert Mercer who has spent $1.78 million against DeFazio since 2010.

DeFazio has voted against every congressional pay raise and has refused to accept raises. Instead, he uses the money to fund scholarships at five Oregon community colleges because he believes that everyone should have access to education without crippling debt. By the end of 2018, DeFazio will have funded 270 scholarships.

DeFazio and his wife Myrnie live in Springfield, Oregon. He has logged well over five million miles traveling between his home in Oregon and Washington D.C.

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“We would not be here except for one point, and that point is Congressman DeFazio.” The Register-Guard 1/17/16

"Though his independence drives leaders of his party crazy, it is the foundation of DeFazio's success in a district that is large and ideologically varied," The Oregonian, 4/19/10

"One need look no further than the dramatic vote in the House Monday to see how DeFazio stands up for taxpayers... (DeFazio) voted ‘no’ with the majority, because he thinks more of the financial burden of the $700 billion bailout package should be put on money traders, not taxpayers. Eventually, DeFazio and his colleagues will need to compromise and pass a financial package. But it's comforting to know lawmakers such as DeFazio are looking out for ‘the little guy,’ despite pressure from the highest level of government and CEOs." The Grants Pass Daily Courier, endorsement article, 10/1/08

"[DeFazio is a] fierce advocate for Oregon who is building seniority in the House and helping this state with its transportation infrastructure and other needs." The Oregonian, 1/8/07

"DeFazio directed hundreds of millions of dollars to Oregon for bridge and highway repair," The Oregonian, 1/8/07

"DeFazio continues to be an independent thinker who values hard work and results more than rhetoric, and the practical more than party ideology." Corvallis Gazette-Times, October 16, 2004

"The DeFazio that people in Oregon's 4th District have known for 20 years is the same DeFazio who represents them in Congress: hard-working, independent and politically shrewd." Register Guard, September 27, 2006

As Independent as Oregon.

Peter DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable health care and develop options outside of the for-profit marketplace, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

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