Vic Fazio

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Vic Fazio
Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999
LeaderDick Gephardt
Preceded bySteny Hoyer
Succeeded byMartin Frost
Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1995
SpeakerTom Foley
Preceded byBeryl Anthony Jr.
Succeeded byMartin Frost
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
June 21, 1989 – January 3, 1995
SpeakerTom Foley
Preceded bySteny Hoyer
Succeeded byBarbara B. Kennelly
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byRobert Leggett
Succeeded byDoug Ose
Constituency4th District (1979-1993)
3rd District (1993-1999)
Member of the California State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Victor Herbert Fazio Jr.

(1942-10-11) October 11, 1942 (age 77)
Winchester, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUnion College

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

Early life[edit]

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, New Jersey, 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 to 1966 he was a Coro Foundation Fellow in Los Angeles.

Political career[edit]

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[edit]

Fazio was elected as a Democrat to the 96th and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979 – 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,[2] 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. Richardson.[3] 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[edit]

Fazio currently works as a Senior Advisor in the Washington office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and sits on the board of Northrop Grumman.[4] He serves as co-chair of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a public policy think tank.[5] He also sits on the Council on American Politics, bringing together leaders from across the nation to address issues facing the growth and enrichment of The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University.[6] In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.[7] He is also a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2006-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ The Civics Connection, A Conversation with Congress. The United States Association of Former Members of Congress.
  3. ^ "CALIFORNIA MARKS 'YEAR OF THE WOMAN' -- AND OF ABORTION FOES". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  4. ^ "Vic Fazio". Akin Gump. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Board". Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors". 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  7. ^ "Board Members". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  8. ^

External links[edit]

California Assembly
Preceded by
Edwin L. Z'berg
California State Assemblyman, 4th District
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Hannigan
U.S. 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