Representative in Congress
Occupation: U.S. Representative
Occupational Background: Lane County Commissioner, Congressional Aide, Assistant Director Senior Companion Program, US Air Force Reserve
Educational Background: Tufts University, B.A.; University of Oregon, M.A.
Prior Governmental Experience: Chair, Lane County Commission
PETER DeFAZIO: CHOSEN MOST VALUABLE REPRESENTATIVE BY THE NATION MAGAZINE
"DeFazio is Congress's most ardent advocate for spending more on job-creating construction projects and less on bank bailouts and distant wars," The Nation, 1/11/10
ENDING GIVEAWAYS TO WALL STREET
"Defending his vote against a massive Wall Street bailout, Rep. Peter DeFazio offered the outline for a different plan on Tuesday, one that he said employs techniques used successfully in previous eras of market uncertainty and that doesn't rely on taxpayer money," The Eugene Register-Guard, 10/1/08
DeFazio led opposition to the bailout; he supports strong re-regulation to stop reckless speculation. He has always opposed job killing "free trade agreements".
STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITIES
DeFazio has pushed to reauthorize the county payments program that helps counties fund vital services like public safety, schools, and health care.
"DeFazio, D-Springfield, has been one of the top advocates of the payments," The Bend Bulletin, 4/1/09
AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS
DeFazio is fighting to protect consumers and seniors by improving Medicare coverage and reimbursements and working to close the donut hole. He is leading the effort to stop the abusive practices of insurance companies by stripping their unfair antitrust immunity and encouraging competition with a public option.
IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
As chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, DeFazio has crafted a bill that will repair our crumbling bridges and highways, and provide high-speed rail and transit alternatives. His plan will make the U.S. economy more competitive and create hundreds of thousands of living-wage jobs that can't be exported.
PAY RAISES TO SCHOLARSHIPS
DeFazio has turned back nearly $320,000 in Congressional pay raises to fund 197 scholarships and help reduce the national debt.
(This information furnished by DeFazio for Congress.)