Occupation: U.S. Representative
Occupational Background: Lane County Commissioner, Aide to Congressman Jim Weaver, 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
A SECURE AMERICA
"…[DeFazio] voted against authorizing the war in 2002, and this year he's been a reliable vote for measures to withdraw U.S. troops." Congressional Quarterly, 5/16/07
Since opposing the rush to war in Iraq, DeFazio has strongly supported efforts to bring our troops home. DeFazio has consistently voted to plug the holes in port, aviation, and border security.
A ROBUST ECONOMY
DeFazio has consistently opposed job killing trade agreements that threaten our sovereignty, our standard of living, and our consumer and environmental protections.
DeFazio opposed legislation that cut student financial aid and health care to fund tax breaks for millionaires.
IMPROVED TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
"In 2005, DeFazio directed hundreds of millions of dollars to Oregon for bridge and highway repair." The Oregonian, 1/8/07
As chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, DeFazio wants to fix our crumbling infrastructure by investing in transportation infrastructure to keep roads safe, create thousands of jobs, and improve our long-term economic viability.
STRONG RURAL COMMUNITIES
"DeFazio, a tireless fighter for the reauthorization of the county payments bill, which expired in September 2006, was instrumental in getting a one-year extension of the payments." Curry County Reporter, 4/4/07
DeFazio has fought to reauthorize the county payments program which helps counties pay for vital services like public safety, schools, and health care.
PAY RAISES TO SCHOLARSHIPS
"DeFazio votes to make college more affordable" Siuslaw News, 2-3-07
DeFazio has turned back $224,000 in Congressional pay raises to fund more than 177 scholarships for displaced workers at community colleges.
(This information furnished by DeFazio for Congress.)