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Longtime Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio won’t seek reelection

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon
Rep. Peter DeFazio's office
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Peter DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history, said Wednesday that he is retiring and will not seek re-election next year.

The 74-year-old Democrat is the powerful chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

He represents Oregon’s 4th District, which covers the southwestern portion of the state, including coastal communities and the liberal university towns of Eugene and Corvallis. It is seen as a safe seat for the Democrats,

“With humility and gratitude, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election next year. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as Congressman for the Fourth District of Oregon,” DeFazio said in a statement.

DeFazio was first elected in 1986. The last time a Republican was elected to the seat was 1972.

Wyden Statement on Congressman DeFazio Announcement

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today issued the following statement after Rep. Peter DeFazio made his announcement:

“Peter DeFazio blends all the best qualities of a top-notch legislator – he’s an effective, passionate and powerful advocate who always puts the best interests of his constituents first,” Wyden said. “Thanks to Peter DeFazio, roads, bridges and transportation systems in Oregon and nationwide are stronger, last longer and are cleaner and greener.”

“Oregonians always know with full confidence that Peter stands proudly in the vanguard of the battle for good jobs, strong transportation and ensuring everybody gets a fair shake,” Wyden said. “I very much look forward to working with my friend for the rest of his term as he continues to build on that outstanding legacy that’s helped countless Oregonians in his district and statewide.”

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      1. My initial reaction was to agree with you, but he had his closest election ever last year, less than 6% win over Alek Skarlatos, the hero from the French train incident. He is a political novice, so maybe a good candidate, with lots of financial backing could win. Having moved here from Eugene 20 years ago, I know that it will take a Republican who is more of a RINO, cannot be anti-abortion, anti Black Lives Matter, anti-LGBQ…what used to be known as a moderate, in the Packwood mold. I wouldn’t bet any money on it, but possible.

  1. OK, did you all actually read the article? Eugene and Corvallis are in the district. If you think for one minute the democommies will let this change hands you are delusional. No conservative since 1972. WTG Oregon!! Wyden touts “Thanks to Peter DeFazio, roads, bridges and transportation systems in Oregon and nationwide are stronger, last longer and are cleaner and greener.” Now this is one great big steaming pile Horse Hockey!!

  2. Likely tired of being so despised. Well, that’s one down and counting. Maybe they all realize just how despised they all are and retire in droves. Goodbye and don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out. .

      1. There is obviously a majority of people in Oregon that like him and the other Democrats
        that are in office, but the problem is, that same majority of the population is just
        as clueless as those that they keep electing.

    1. I doubt that he is leaving because he is despised because most of the Democrat
      politicians only care about themselves, and what’s in it for them.
      They could care less if people like them, except during election time, which means
      it will be highly unlikely that there will be a mass exodus of Dems.
      One can always hope though…

  3. I would like to thank Rep. Peter Defazio for throwing my wife under the bus when she ran against Greg Walden in 2014. Unfortunately, I can’t thank him by email because his website blocked me.

    1. He’s a real ass. He lived next door to a friend of mine and his wife in Springfield.
      I went over years ago to visit and we were sitting out back in the hot tub late
      at night and this lunatic came through the bushes yelling at us because we were talking,
      and guess who it was ? We weren’t talking loud and we didn’t have any music on but he
      said we were being disruptive, then he asked if we knew who he was. My friend had
      gone back in the house for a minute so I took it upon myself to answer him.
      I told him yes I knew who he was and could care less. He proceeded to tell me he was going to call the cops and I told him to go ahead because I know quite a few of the Springfield cops. He just kept mumbling and walked back through the bushes to his house.
      Another friend saw him at the local Bi Mart years ago. Apparently he had bought some
      new pants, and decided he was going to change clothes, so he was standing in the
      parking lot in his underwear changing his pants. He’s a real piece of work…

      1. I worked for Lane County in 1981. His wife was actual one of my staff, but that is another story. She has studiously avoided publicity all this time. Little known factoid, they have long owned property in New Zealand, and I predict he will be living there shortly after he retires.

        1. That’s interesting. I didn’t know he is married, but I’m certainly not
          a fan of his, and never searched for info on his private life.
          New Zealand would be a great place for him. They can have him.
          He should have been out of office many years ago, but at least it is
          finally happening. I’m sure there are a lot of liberals that are sad to
          see him go, but it will in no way be a loss for Oregon, and I have no doubt
          that he will unfortunately be replaced with another clueless Dem…

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