Peter DeFazio

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Peter DeFazio
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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
Cost per vote$6.59 in 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, in 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[3] For more information pertaining to DeFazio's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[5]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[5][6]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the letter asked.[6]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict,” stated the letter.[6]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. DeFazio was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[6]

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[6][7] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. DeFazio was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[6][7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" DeFazio voted againstHR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" DeFazio voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" DeFazio voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" DeFazio voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" DeFazio voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" DeFazio voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" DeFazio voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including DeFazio, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[10] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[11]

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" DeFazio voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

DeFazio is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014 should he choose to run. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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][13] 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, 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.[27]

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.[28]

Peter A. DeFazio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$126,039.97$80,013.62$(35,980.60)$170,072.99
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$170,072.99$116,699.43$(54,510.93)$232,261.49
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$232,261.49$03,296.13$(41,134.49)$284,423.13
Running totals
$200,009.18$(131,626.02)

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress 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.[35]

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. [36]

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.[37]

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, 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.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[39]

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 in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

DeFazio ranked the 126th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[40]

2011

DeFazio ranked the 150th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[41]

Voting with party

2013

Peter DeFazio voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 144th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[42]

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Peter DeFazio Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. Oregon Secretary of State 2012 Official Primary Results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Peter DeFazio" Accessed May 16, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Peter DeFazio 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Peter A. DeFazio April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Peter A. DeFazio July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Peter DeFazio 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  34. Gov Track "Peter DeFazio," Accessed June 7 2013
  35. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400100_Peter_DeFazio OpenCongress, "Peter DeFazio," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  36. GovTrack, "Peter DeFazio," Accessed April 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "Peter DeFazio," Accessed September 24, 2012
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Peter DeFazio (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed February 16, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Peter DeFazio (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  40. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
James H. Weaver
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 4
1987–present
Succeeded by
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