Our Representative Democracy—Can it Survive?

Congressman Peter DeFazio was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1986. He is the longest serving House member in Oregon’s history. As the dean of the Oregon House delegation he has developed a reputation as an effective lawmaker serving the 4th District of Oregon. In 2014, Mr. DeFazio was elected to the position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highway system, transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, & economic development. DeFazio and his wife, Myrnie Daut, live in Springfield, Oregon. He has logged roughly five million miles traveling between Oregon and Washington, DC. Mr. DeFazio has voted against and refused to accept congressional pay raises while the government is deficit spending. Instead, he has used his pay raises to fund scholarships at five southwestern Oregon community colleges. By the end of 2016, Mr. DeFazio contributed $338,869 of after-tax salary toward 255 scholarships. 


April 21, 2017 - 12:00 pm


April 21, 2017 - 1:00 pm


175 Knight Law Center   View map

Featuring U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio. From the Watergate era to today, Rep. DeFazio will trace the origins of campaign finance reform, the rise of “Dark Money” and the impact such developments have had on today’s elections.

Attendees will be able to ask Congressman DeFazio direct questions at the conclusion of his remarks.

Hosted by the Wayne Morse Center and the City Club of Eugene.

Lunch available: All those attending are welcome to pre-order a boxed lunch provided by Cafe Yumm. Please order lunches by April 13 at www.cityclubofeugene.org

City Club members will also be able to reserve seating without lunch.

Reserve seating:
City Club members, please go to the City Club website  to reserve a seat.