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Advocating For and Serving Veterans

As an Air force veteran, Peter believes we owe veterans a debt for helping to defend our flag and freedoms, which is why he has worked to improve their health care and fix problems at the VA.

He secured funding for a new outpatient clinic for local vets and stopped bureaucrats from cutting care at the Roseburg VA hospital. He voted to allow veterans to get routine medical care from the comfort of their home, helping older vets and those in rural communities get the care they need. And when he learned of the substandard care at the Roseburg VA, Peter called for the investigation that led the failed leaders to resign.

Protecting Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for All

Peter has led the fight for our right to affordable health care, especially during tough times. He has always voted to protect people with pre-existing conditions, so insurance companies cannot kick them off their coverage. He’s fighting to improve the Affordable Care Act to lower the cost of care and to keep billion-dollar corporations from calling the shots in our health care system. And he is standing up to the greedy pharmaceutical industry to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Leading the Way in Wildfire Response

As soon as the Oregon wildfires broke out, Peter got to work: he personally lobbied the White House to release funds both to fight the fires and to make sure Oregon families were immediately taken care of. He also led the effort by the Oregon Congressional delegation to demand the White House also commit Major Disaster funding to rebuild homes and small businesses, clear downed trees, and rebuild our infrastructure. Peter raised more than $110,000 for fire relief, and led a statewide relief effort that raised more than $525,000 for affected families.

Fighting for Fair Wages

Peter believes in a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work, and supports a $15/hr minimum wage. He was an original cosponsor of the Raise the Minimum Wage Act, and has consistently voted to increase the minimum wage during his time in Congress.

Fiercely Defending Reproductive Rights

Peter will always defend women's health rights and believes that a woman and her doctor – not politicians – should decide what is best for her health. He’s consistently voted to expand access to affordable reproductive health care, opposed arbitrary abortion restrictions, stood up to those who’ve tried to defund Planned Parenthood or allow employers deny coverage for birth control. Peter is a pro-choice champion and endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the National Organization for Women, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Keeping Our Promises to Seniors

Peter knows that Social Security and Medicare are promises we made to our seniors who worked hard to earn the peace of mind the programs offer. He's voted to stop attempts to cut benefits and will never privatize Medicare or Social Security. He wrote legislation to shore up these benefits, increasing the amount seniors receive and making sure these programs are there for future generations.

Investing in America’s Transportation and Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, and Protecting our Environment

As Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Peter has created a bold framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment in infrastructure that would put thousands of Oregonians to work fixing the country’s most critical infrastructure needs.

From designing safer streets, to addressing the massive maintenance backlog, to rebuilding our bridges, rail and transit systems, this is the framework that our country needs to create family-wage jobs, fix our failing infrastructure, and reduce our carbon footprint – all while making our systems more efficient to save taxpayer dollars.

Standing Up to Special Interests and Defending Our Democracy

As the first candidate in history to ever be targeted by a special interest SuperPAC back in 2010, Peter knows firsthand the impact that dark money can have. He is dedicated to overturning the disastrous Citizens United decision, standing up to special interests, safeguarding our election processes, expanding the right to vote, and leveling the playing field so all voices in our democracy are heard. Peter has a 100% rating from Common Cause for his work to "help amplify the voices of everyday Americans who have been silenced by big money in politics."

Putting the System to Work for Oregonians

Peter believes in putting politics aside to get good things done for working Oregonians. He has worked with both parties to bring jobs to Oregon and he has voted against every Congressional pay raise and refused to take those raises, because he says the people of Oregon sent him to Congress to get good results, not to make himself rich and famous.

Peter always says that hardworking, honest people are the backbone of America, whether they work with their hands or in an office. He respects the value of work, which is why he voted to expand job-training programs and promote technical colleges, so kids who want to go into the trades can get training to find a good-paying job.

Defending the US Postal Service

Peter knows that seniors, veterans, low-income communities, BIPOC, and millions of Americans rely on the US Mail to deliver their medications and essential goods and to keep our elections safe and efficient. He will fight any attempt to undermine or weaken our Postal Service.

Keeping Big Oil off Our Coasts

When this administration tried to open up our coasts to destructive new drilling by fossil fuel companies, Peter stood up to the White House and the dirty energy lobby, forcing them to back down and keeping our coastlines clear and clean.

A Champion for Working Families

Peter has opposed every bad trade agreement with China and other countries under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He voted to protect American jobs and was against bad deals that have destroyed the U.S. manufacturing industry and sent millions of good-paying jobs overseas to line the pockets of Wall Street traders. DeFazio is leading the fight to protect American industries like transportation and technology from being owned by the Chinese government.

Peter DeFazio is as Independent as Oregon and will always put people first.

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.

Meet Peter