Press Release

ATA Statement on Retirement of Congressman Peter DeFazio

Arlington, Virginia – Today, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear issued this statement following the announcement that Representative Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, plans to retire from Congress:

“Chairman Peter DeFazio is without question a gifted legislator and leader who, over the span of four decades, has made a difference in the lives of all Americans. His absence will come at a time when we need more elected officials willing to put the nation’s interest ahead of themselves.
 
“Amidst bitter partisanship throughout Washington, Chairman DeFazio stands out as one of the rare solution seekers committed to advancing the legislative process. Our industry appreciates the fact that he will solicit members’ thoughts, listen to logic and make decisions based on facts, not knee-jerk rhetoric and emotion. That collaboration is something our industry looks for in an elected official and what ultimately shapes sound public policy.
 
“Few legislators have been more instrumental in driving national infrastructure policy than Chairman DeFazio. He’ll leave the House having cemented a lasting legacy that his constituents and all Americans will see, feel and use for decades to come. We thank him for his service and partnership.”