WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 1, 2021) – “Today, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) learned that Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I Committee), will not seek reelection to represent Oregon’s 4th Congressional District in 2023.
An active member of the T&I Committee since he was first elected in 1986, Chairman DeFazio has played an indispensable role in advocating for public transit, passenger rail, and all American infrastructure over a remarkable 36-year career. He has been an indefatigable advocate for access to affordable and reliable public transportation for all, and most recently has been instrumental in our efforts to secure both COVID-19 emergency relief as well as once-in-a-generation investments in public transportation in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. He also continues to work tirelessly on behalf of public transit and high-speed rail investment included in the Build Back Better Act.
Chairman DeFazio’s commitment to our industry has been unwavering and he has stood with us through thick and thin. APTA has had no better friend in Congress than Peter DeFazio and we wish him all the best in 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.”
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public- and private-sector organizations which represent a $80 billion industry that directly employs 448,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.