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Rep. Peter DeFazio

Representative for Oregon’s 4th District

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


DeFazio is the representative for Oregon’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 1987. DeFazio is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

DeFazio is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 13, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 97% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+ United States Chamber of Commerce: 55% The Club for Growth: 12%

Enacted Legislation

DeFazio was the primary sponsor of 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 24 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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (40%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Health (12%) Taxation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Education (6%) Social Welfare (6%) Environmental Protection (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of DeFazio’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

DeFazio voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

DeFazio voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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DeFazio voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

DeFazio voted No

DeFazio voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Jan 2021, DeFazio missed 845 of 20,910 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: