Peter DeFazio

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Peter DeFazio
Peter Defazio.jpeg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 28
PredecessorJames H. Weaver (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chair, Lane County Commission
Bachelor'sTufts University, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Oregon, 1977
Date of birthMay 27, 1947
Place of birthNeedham, MA
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website

Peter DeFazio (b. May 27, 1947) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. DeFazio was first elected in 1986. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DeFazio is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]


  • 1969: Graduated from Tufts University, Medford, Mass.
  • 1977: Graduated from University of Oregon, Eugene, Oreg.
  • 1977-1982: Aide to United States Representative James H. Weaver of Oregon
  • 1983-1986: Served as commissioner, Lane County, Oreg.
  • 1985-1986: Served as chairman, Lane County, Oreg.
  • 1987-Present: U.S Representative from Oregon

Committee assignments

U.S. House


DeFazio serves on the following committees:[3]


  • Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Aviation
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" DeFazio voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]



See also: Oregon's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

DeFazio won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oregon's 4th District.[1] He won the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[5] He faced Art Robinson (R) and Chuck Huntting (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Oregon District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeFazio Incumbent 59.1% 212,866
     Republican Art Robinson 39% 140,549
     Libertarian Chuck Huntting 1.7% 6,205
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 468
Total Votes 360,088
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House of Representatives-Oregon, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeFazio Incumbent 90.1% 69,864
Matthew Robinson 9.9% 7,665
Total Votes 77,529


On November 2, 2010, DeFazio won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Art Robinson and Mike Beilstein in the general election.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngPeter DeFazio Incumbent 54.6% 162,416
     Republican Art Robinson 43.7% 129,877
     Pacific Green Mike Beilstein 1.8% 5,215
Total Votes 297,508

Campaign donors


In the 2012 election cycle, DeFazio raised $673,218 and spent $278,860, leaving him with $588,869 cash on hand. DeFazio's top three contributors this cycle are the Carpenters and Joiners Union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Norfolk. All three donated $10,000 to the campaign committee.[7]

Throughout his career, DeFazio has raised $590,400 from transportation unions, $357,800 from industrial unions, and $309,760 from building trade unions.[8]


DeFazio won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, DeFazio's campaign committee raised a total of $1,315,473 and spent $1,484,241.[9]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. DeFazio paid his congressional staff a total of $905,958 in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranks 8th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, DeFazio's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $519,020 and $1,955,996. This averages to $1,237,508, which is a 41.18% decrease since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[11]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, DeFazio's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,067,020 to $3,140,996. That averages to $2,104,008 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Democratic in 2010 of $4,465,875.[12]

Political Analysis

National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, DeFazio was ranked the 126th most liberal representative during 2012.[13]


According to the data released in 2012, Peter DeFazio was ranked the 150th most liberal representative during 2011.[14]

Percentage voting with party

Peter DeFazio voted with the Democratic Party 86.1% of the time, which ranked 165 among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[15]


Peter DeFazio is married to Myrnie.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James H. Weaver
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 4
Succeeded by