Straight Talk: Rep. Peter DeFazio reflects on 36 years in Congress

DeFazio has endorsed Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle to succeed him in the 4th District and said he’s confident she can win.

PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, has a lot of things he’s looking forward to when he retires at the end of this term. 

He wants to cruise the Intracoastal Waterway in the boat he’s been living on in the DC area for the past 14 years. He’d love to, once again, hike Devil’s Staircase in Oregon’s coastal rain forest, a wilderness area he helped to protect.

“That’s the hardest day hike I’ve ever done in my life. There’s no real trail. It’s

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