Peter DeFazio

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Peter DeFazio
Peter Defazio.jpeg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 4
Incumbent
In office
1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJames H. Weaver (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,676,948
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chair, Lane County Commission
1982-1986
Education
Bachelor'sTufts University, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Oregon, 1977
Personal
BirthdayMay 27, 1947
Place of birthNeedham, MA
Net worth$1,237,508
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website

Peter DeFazio (b. May 27, 1947 Needham, Massachusetts) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. DeFazio was first elected in 1986.

DeFazio most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Art Robinson (R) and Chuck Huntting (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, DeFazio is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

  • 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

2013-2014

DeFazio serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

  • 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

Issues

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.[3]

Elections

2012

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][4] He defeated 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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeFazio is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, DeFazio raised a total of $5,676,948 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[18]

Peter DeFazio's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $1,333,331
2010 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $1,315,473
2008 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $729,421
2006 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $793,123
2004 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $664,808
2002 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $379,011
2000 U.S. House (Oregon, District 4) Won $461,781
Grand Total Raised $5,676,948

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DeFazio’s reports.[19]

Peter A. DeFazio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$126,039.97$80,013.62$(35,980.60)$170,072.99
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$170,072.99$116,699.43$(54,510.93)$232,261.49
Running totals
$196,713.05$(90,491.53)


2012

Breakdown of the source of DeFazio's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

DeFazio won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, DeFazio's campaign committee raised a total of $1,333,331 and spent $1,401,802.[22]

Cost per vote

DeFazio spent $6.59 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of DeFazio's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[23]

U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Congressional District Election, 2010 - Peter DeFazio Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,315,473
Total Spent $1,484,241
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,314,672
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,293,106
Top contributors to Peter DeFazio's campaign committee
Berkshire Hathaway$11,650
Air Line Pilots Assn$10,000
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn$10,000
Amalgamated Transit Union$10,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$71,000
Retired$59,000
Railroads$57,700
Air Transport$55,499
Lawyers/Law Firms$54,600

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DeFazio is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[24]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[25]

DeFazio most often votes with:

DeFazio least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, DeFazio missed 615 of 16,285 roll call votes from Jan 1987 to Mar 2013, which is 3.8% of the votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [26]

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 ranked 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.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[29]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: 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.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, DeFazio was ranked the 126th most liberal representative during 2012.[30]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Peter DeFazio was ranked the 150th most liberal representative during 2011.[31]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Peter DeFazio has voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 144th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[32]

Personal

Peter DeFazio is married to Myrnie.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  4. Oregon Secretary of State 2012 Official Primary Results
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Peter DeFazio" Accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Peter A. DeFazio Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Peter A. DeFazio April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Peter A. DeFazio July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  22. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Peter DeFazio 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Peter DeFazio," Accessed June 7 2013
  25. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400100_Peter_DeFazio OpenCongress, "Peter DeFazio," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  26. GovTrack, "Peter DeFazio," Accessed April 2013
  27. LegiStorm, "Peter DeFazio," Accessed September 24, 2012
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Peter DeFazio (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Peter DeFazio (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  30. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
James H. Weaver
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 4
1987–present
Succeeded by
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