Peter DeFazio will retire from Congress in latest blow to Democrats

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Rep. Peter DeFazio, the Oregon firebrand who leads the House's transportation committee, will step down after 36 years in Congress, spelling more bad news for Democrats in 2022 and taking with him a massive amount of institutional and technical knowledge on infrastructure.

The move comes on the heels of a frustrating few years, in which DeFazio’s dreams of an ambitious, environmentally focused overhaul of the nation’s highway and transit program were sidelined for a major infrastructure bill that went only as far as Republicans in the Senate would agree to go.

His move also comes as Democrats are widely expected to lose the majority in the House in 2022, which is likely to have factored into his decision.

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