Representative in Congress
Peter A. DeFazio
Occupation: U.S. Representative
Occupational Background: Lane County Commissioner, Aide to Congressman Jim Weaver, Assistant Director Senior Companion Program, U.S. Air Force Reserve
Educational Background: Tufts University, B.A.; University of Oregon, M.A.
Prior Governmental Experience: Chair, Lane County Commission
20,000 JOBS AND IMPROVED OREGON TRANSPORTATION
"[DeFazio] has delivered for Oregon again by securing more than $2.5 billion of highway projects throughout the state," Curry County Reporter, 8/3/05
PROTECT RETIREMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY AND IMPROVE MEDICARE
"DeFazio Attacks Bush Social Security Plan," Grants Pass Daily Courier, 4/18/05
DeFazio fought to derail the Bush/Wall Street privatization plan. He introduced legislation that would guarantee full benefits. He opposed the complicated, expensive, industry-driven Medicare prescription benefit and supports a simple low cost alternative plan.
STOP PRICE GOUGING BY BIG OIL
"DeFazio Calls for Investigation into Gas Price Spikes," The Drain Enterprise, 9/05/05
DeFazio believes America needs an energy policy to break our dependence on imported oil, instead focusing on alternative fuels, new technology, renewables and efficiency.
PROTECT AMERICA - PREVENT UNNECESSARY WAR
DeFazio has consistently voted to plug the holes in port, aviation and border security. DeFazio voted against the rush to war in Iraq, and has long supported efforts to adopt a plan to end the war and bring our troops home.
TAX MILLIONAIRES - NOT STUDENTS, SENIORS AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES
DeFazio opposed cruel cuts in student financial aid, health and social programs the Republican majority is using to fund tax cuts for millionaires and investors.
CONVERTING PAY RAISES TO SCHOLARSHIPS
DeFazio is proud of the 147 scholarships for displaced workers at community colleges he has funded from congressional pay raises.
STRONG, HONEST LEADERSHIP
"DeFazio is a rare Congressman. He actually believes in representing his constituents at a time when most Congressmen slavishly dance to the tune of interest groups who finance their perpetual campaigns," The Daily Astorian, 6/6/05
(This information furnished by DeFazio for Congress.)