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Rep. Peter DeFazio

Former Representative for Oregon’s 4th District

pronounced PEE-ter // duh-FAH-zee-oh

DeFazio was the representative for Oregon’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1987 to 2022.

Photo of Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4, 1987-2022]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for DeFazio.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

DeFazio is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2022 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills DeFazio sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 27, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

DeFazio was the primary sponsor of 30 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 30 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

DeFazio sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (41%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Health (9%) Education (8%) Taxation (8%) Social Welfare (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

DeFazio recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

DeFazio voted Nay

DeFazio voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

DeFazio voted No

DeFazio voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2022, DeFazio missed 862 of 21,891 roll call votes, which is 3.9%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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