Statement on the retirement of Congressman Peter DeFazio, MA ’77, from Congress

December 1, 2021

I want to extend my personal congratulations to Congressman DeFazio for an outstanding career in Congress. The University of Oregon and Fourth Congressional district have been fortunate to have his representation in Congress for over three decades. 

Congressman DeFazio has been a strong champion for students and research by supporting federal financial aid and federal investment in scientific research and partnership. In the months to come, we will have opportunities to celebrate his contributions to the state and nation. 

I look forward to working with Congressman DeFazio in the coming year, and congratulate him and his family on an exemplary career in Congress.

Oregon, the Fourth Congressional district, and the University of Oregon are better for his service.

— Michael H. Schill, President