U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon was named the second-most effective federal lawmaker for the period running from January 2019 to January 2021.

The award came from the Center for Effective Lawmaking, which is a joint initiative between the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey was named the most effective legislator by the center.

The effective lawmaker awards are based on success rates individual senators or representatives have in moving their own bills forward.

As chairperson of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he helped shepherd 29 measures into law over the two-year period.

He sponsored 48 bills, 10 of which passed the House, and authored language included in several others.

Among the subjects of those bills ranged from ensuring Coast Guard members’ pay to earthquake preparedness to aircraft safety certification.

Legislation to clarify antitrust laws governing health insurance companies and stemming price-gouging of consumers was also signed into law.

The center said DeFazio was “highly effective even when in the minority party.”

DeFazio was also honored for his work during the previous two-year period, from 2017 to 2019, when he ranked third in effectiveness among all Democratic representatives.

DeFazio said in a press release he’s on track to remain in the top 10 for the current Congress.

His work so far this year has included provisions in the American Rescue Plan, the COVID-19 relief package signed into law last week.

The relief package will provide assistance to 1.9 million Oregon families, extend unemployment assistance programs for more than 200,000 Oregonians and invest $1.1 billion in Oregon school re-openings.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Scomo, if being a jerk is any indication the DeFazio should get 70% of the vote in Douglas County just like Trump and Heard - a couple of the biggest jerks ever


Republicans can't stand progress, especially from a Democrat. They're only interested is taking away people's rights, blocking, stopping, impeding, banning, segregating, making enemies where there are none, judging people by skin color, scoffing at science, and thinking guns and violence are the only solution to their perceived grievances. Facts, logic and empathy are their enemy. Fear, hate and anger are their friends.


[thumbup] I do believe you nailed it.


And yet...the majority of voters in Douglas County voted for an inexperienced twit with an over-inflated ego; a sycophant who had an R next to his name.


We are lucky to have Peter DeFazio. Over the years he's done amazing work to bring money and opportunity to Douglas County in order to improve the lives of ordinary citizens.


Not like anyone else has even had a chance. This guy has been our representative for 34 years or something? Broken system. Broken stats.


Roseburgoregonian: I believe you misperceive the universe of contenders.


Peter DeFazio is amazingly effective both in legislation and in constituent services; in particular, I'm grateful for his (and his staff's!) work on behalf of veterans.

Now that his party is in the majority, I look forward to infrastructure legislation that will move our country--and Douglas County--away from the crumbling-bridge-level status quo--towards world-class effective and efficient roads, bridges, airports, electrical grid and energy infrastructure.*

My Congressman!

*the "former guy" had innumerable "infrastructure week" announcements that led to nothing. New sheriff, new day.


DeFazio is a jerk and always will be. It appears his past legislation has very little to do with Douglas County and improving the lives of his constituents.

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