Peter DeFazio speaks at a podium in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio, right, speaks during a news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and Richmond (Va.) Mayor Levar Stoney, left, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

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After more than three decades as a mainstay in Oregon politics, the state’s longest-tenured U.S. House member, Rep. Peter DeFazio, announced Wednesday that he won’t seek a 19th term. Since he was first elected in 1986, DeFazio has represented Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, which spans the state’s southwest corner, stretching from the California border to Albany. OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart joins us to talk about DeFazio’s legacy.

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