U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04) has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022, according to an official press release. The longest from Oregon and the 65th member of the House of Representatives in U.S. history.
“I humbly and gratefully announce that I will not seek re-election next year,” Depacio said in his official statement. “It has been the great honor of my life to serve as a congressman for Oregon’s Fourth District. For 36 years I have fought corporate greed and special interests to benefit Oregon’s working families – from providing affordable health care under the Affordable Care Network, preventing privatization and destruction of the insurance safety net. National, to protect our natural resources for future generations., To fight trade policies that undermine American workers, to hold industry and regulators accountable for improving aviation safety, for empowering congressional forces to stop endless wars, for making historic investments creating jobs on the roads, “In the bridges, in our ports and more. Infrastructure and works investment law. Thank you for giving me your trust.”
DeFazio has many great achievements in the transportation industry.
It has increased federal investment in America’s infrastructure by more than $ 550 billion, creating two million jobs a year over the next 10 years. DeFazio has also improved its federal highway funding formula and brought in an additional $ 1.3 billion in funding for Oregon for highway, bridges and highway projects.
“It’s time for me to pass the baton to the next generation so I can focus on my health and well-being,” Depacio said. “It was a difficult decision at a challenging time for our Republic with the pillars of our democracy in jeopardy, but I am strengthened by the passion and principles of my fellow Congressmen and the ingenuity and determination of young Americans involved civilly working for change.”
DeFazio has also been involved in the investigation of the Boeing 737 MAX accidents, the imposition of responsibilities on the FAA and Boeing, a reform of the aircraft manufacturing certification process and improved passenger safety. It changed the dual mandate in the Federal Aviation Administration to safety only.
DeFazio continues to work for public transportation and high-speed rail investments included in the Build Back Better Act.
“Chairman DeFazio’s commitment to our industry has been unquestionable and he has stood by us in thickness and scrutiny,” said Paul F. Scotlas, President and CEO of APTA. “APTA has had no better member of Congress than Peter Depacio and we wish him all the best for the future. He truly represents the best of Congress and is the model of a true citizen statesman. The industry would not be where it is today without his tremendous efforts.”