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Victor H. Fazio

Victor H. Fazio
Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Steny Hoyer
Succeeded by Martin Frost
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
June 21, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Steny Hoyer
Succeeded by Barbara B. Kennelly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Bob Matsui
Succeeded by Doug Ose
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Robert Leggett
Succeeded by John Doolittle
Personal details
Born Victor Herbert Fazio, Jr.
(1942-10-11) October 11, 1942
Winchester, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic

Victor Herbert Fazio, Jr. usually known as Vic Fazio (born October 11, 1942) is a former Democratic congressman from California.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Congressional career 3
  • Post Congressional career 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Fazio was born to a family of New England Yankee and Italian-American heritage[1] in Winchester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Madison High School in Madison, NJ in 1960, Fazio attended Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts in 1961. He earned a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1965, and did graduate work at California State University in Sacramento, California from 1969 to 1972. From 1965-1966 he was a Coro Foundation Fellow in Los Angeles.

Political career

Fazio was a congressional and legislative consultant from 1966 to 1975, during which time he co-founded California Journal magazine in 1970. He served on the Sacramento County Charter Commission from 1972 to 1974, on the Sacramento County Planning Commission in 1975, and as a member of the California State Assembly from 1975 to 1978.

Fazio was a delegate to California state Democratic conventions in 1976 and 1978, and was a delegate to Democratic National Conventions of 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996.

Congressional career

Fazio was elected as a Democrat to the 96th and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979 to January 3, 1999). He represented California's 4th congressional district from 1979 to 1993 and after redistricting changed district numbers he represented California's 3rd congressional district from 1993 to 1999.

As congressman, he lobbied to set aside area as a wildlife refuge below the I-80 overpass between Davis and Sacramento. His efforts led to the establishment of the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area, dedicated in 1997 by President Bill Clinton. The region is in Yolo County and is known to locals as the 'Yolo Bypass,' a seasonal wetlands generated by controlled fall, winter and spring flooding. The refuge provides valuable winter habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. It is additionally used as a Pacific Flyway stop-over by migrant waterfowl and shorebirds during fall and spring migrations, and can be accessed for visitation by an auto tour route.

Fazio won his first seven terms without serious difficulty, but his district was made measurably more rural and Republican after the 1990s round of redistricting. He only won 51 percent of the vote in 1992 against former State Senator H.L. Bill Richardson. In 1994, he was nearly defeated, winning by only three percentage points. In 1996 he was elected by a larger margin, winning 54%. He announced he would not run for re-election in 1998, in November of the prior year.

Post Congressional career

Fazio currently works as a Senior Advisor in the Washington office of The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.


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  2. ^ "Vic Fazio". Akin Gump. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Board". Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 

External links

  • Victor H. Fazio at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • The Council on American Politics at GW's Graduate School of Political Management
  • Vic Fazio Papers at Special Collections Dept., University Library, University of California, Davis
  • Vic Fazio at Akin Gump webpage
California Assembly
Preceded by
Edwin L. Z'berg
California State Assemblyman, 4th District
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Hannigan
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert L. Leggett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Doolittle
Preceded by
Bob Matsui
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Doug Ose
Party political offices
Preceded by
Beryl Anthony, Jr.
Chairman of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Succeeded by
Martin Frost
Preceded by
Steny Hoyer
Chairman of House Democratic Caucus

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