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Tisch College Solomont Speaker Series: Congressman Peter DeFazio

Monday, April 11 | 5:30 PM ET | UPDATED: VIRTUAL EVENT

Join Tisch College for a conversation with U.S. Congressman and Tufts alumnus, Peter DeFazio (D-OR4), A69, as we take a look at his 36 year career in Congress, including making indelible marks on environmental and infrastructure policy and more. The current Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. DeFazio was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and is the longest serving House Member from Oregon and the 65th-longest serving member of the House in U.S. history. During his time on the Committee, he has served as Chairman or Ranking Member of four of the six subcommittees: Aviation, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Highways and Transit, and Water Resources and Environment. Prior to Congress, DeFazio served in the Air Force Reserves from 1967 – 1971. 

Congressman DeFazio has voted against and refused to accept every congressional pay raise while the government is deficit spending. Instead, he has used his pay raises to fund scholarships at five southwestern Oregon community colleges, contributing $445,744 of after-tax salary toward over 270 scholarships and debt reduction by the end of 2021. Although he is an undisputed leader on transportation, infrastructure and climate change issues, DeFazio counts these scholarships among his proudest accomplishments. Congressman DeFazio announced in December that he would not seek re-election in 2022.  

NOTE: The modality of this event has changed and will now be fully virtual. 

This event is generously cosponsored by the Political Science Department

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