Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has served as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since he first entered Congress in 1987. During his time on the Committee, he has served on every subcommittee and as Chairman or Ranking Member on four of the six subcommittees: Aviation, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Highways and Transit, and Water Resources and Environment.
As Ranking Member, DeFazio will lead Democrats on the Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over the Department of Transportation (including our nation’s highways, transit, railways, airports, and seaports), the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the General Services Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers and others.
Over the years, DeFazio has established a reputation as a leader on transportation issues. He believes the United States must invest in a robust, multimodal transportation system if we are to remain in league with our competitor nations around the world. DeFazio believes that transportation infrastructure is at the heart of the U.S. economy and our communities and businesses depend on safe and efficient roads, ports, planes, pipelines, and mass transit. In a time when there are nearly 150,000 structurally deficient bridges on our roads, trucks are being rerouted due to weight restrictions, and people are wasting time and gasoline in traffic, DeFazio believes the U.S. must do better.
As a Member of the Committee, DeFazio has taken a lead role on several multi-billion dollar surface transportation and FAA reauthorization bills, and worked to strengthen Buy America standards. From fighting for increases in aviation safety to securing funding to keep our nation’s ports open for business, DeFazio has been a champion for a safe and robust transportation network.
DeFazio and his wife, Myrnie Daut, live in Springfield, Oregon. He has logged roughly five million miles traveling between Oregon and Washington, DC. DeFazio has voted against and refused to accept congressional pay raises while the government is deficit spending, and has linked his pay to Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. Instead, he has used his pay raises to reduce the national debt and to fund scholarships at five southwestern Oregon community colleges. By the end of 2014, DeFazio will have contributed $378,000 of after-tax salary toward 237 scholarships and debt reduction. He counts these scholarships among his proudest accomplishments.