Pelosi Statement on Retirement of Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio

December 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio of Oregon announced his retirement at the end of his term:

“Chairman Peter DeFazio is an absolute force for progress, whose 36 years of effective leadership in the House will leave a legacy that will benefit the Congress and Country for decades to come.

“Chairman DeFazio is known and respected by all as a champion of sustainable, smart and green infrastructure, whose progressive values, passion and persistence have helped rebuild America and the middle class.  His legislative successes – including expanding preservation and conservation efforts, protecting affordable health care, advancing tribal sovereignty, rebuilding our highways, ensuring aviation safety and, most recently, helping pass the historic, once-in-a-century Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Build Back Better Act – leave an outstanding legacy of progress for America’s children and future.

“Chairman DeFazio has dedicated his life to public service: as an Air Force servicemember, an outdoorsman and former Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Dean of the Oregon Congressional Delegation and proudly Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  For decades, the people of southwest Oregon have had an outstanding champion for jobs, clean energy and conservation.  Our Democratic Caucus will miss a trusted voice and valued friend.  On behalf of the House, I thank his wife Myrnie for sharing him with the Congress and Country and wish them both the best in their next chapter together.”