Congressional District 4

Oregon Primary Election - May 17, 2016
U.S. House of Representatives Candidates – Congressional District 4
There are 2 Democratic Party candidates and 2 Republican Party candidates running in this district.
The Republican Party candidates are Jo Rae Perkins and Art Robinson.
Jo Rae Perkins, of Albany is rated a True Immigration Reformer by NumbersUSA; her answers to their questionnaire are posted at  She is one of only two Congressional candidates in Oregon with this distinction.  The other is Mark Callahan who’s running for U.S. Senate from Oregon.
Also, Ms. Perkins replied to the Oregon Abigail Adams questionnaire for candidates.  Here are her  answers to their questions:  22.  Do you support requiring all employers to verify employee eligibility to work in the United States?  Yes.  23.  Do you support securing the borders before any form of amnesty?  Yes.  24.  Do you support spending public funds to benefit illegal immigrants?   No.  25.  Do you support automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. when both parents are not legal residents?  No.   42.  How would you propose screening war refugees to prevent potential terrorists from entering the country with them?     “We need a temporary moratorium on allowing refugees to enter the U.S. They have not been properly vetted and they may turn around and kill their captors”
A graduate of Oregon State University with degree in political science, Ms. Perkins works now as an Office Specialist at OSU.  Website:  Email can be sent to her through the Contact link on her website.  The site has an Issues section including this statement regarding immigration:  “Immigration - Protect our borders, enforce laws, e-verify, and end sanctuary cities.  [She then includes URL for the NumbersUSA gumball demonstration of population growth as affected by large-scale immigration:]
Art Robinson, of Cave Junction, has run for this office previously.  On his 2016 filing paper with Secretary of State, he gives his occupation as chemist.  He is a graduate of California Institute of Technology and holds a Doctoral degree in chemistry from University of California, San Diego.  No website was found for his campaign.  His filing paper gives email address as  In earlier campaigns he spoke firmly against illegal immigration.  See OFIR’s report on his General Election campaign of 2014 here.
The incumbent Representative, seeking reelection, is Peter DeFazio, who has been in Congress continuously since 1987.  For the period 2015-2016 he is rated F- by NumbersUSA based on his voting record on immigration issues.  In earlier years he was more inclined to support immigration controls; thus over his whole career from 1987 to date he is graded C+.  However, for the recent years 2013-2016, he gets only a D.  You can view details of his voting record on particular bills at:  There are links to bill descriptions and history.
In 2015, he voted on 7 significant bills dealing with immigration:
Voted for the FY 2016 Omnibus Spending bill to increase foreign guest workers.
Voted against granting the President authority to expand immigration levels without Congress’ consent via Trade Promotion Authority.
Voted for the FY 2016 Omnibus Spending bill to increase refugee resettlement.
Voted against Brooks amendment to remove military amnesty from National Defense Authorization Act.
Voted in FAVOR OF funding Executive Amnesties by opposing clean DHS Appropriations bill, H.R. 240.
Voted against Blackburn Amendment to H.R. 240 to defund Pres. Obama’s DACA amnesty.
Voted against Aderholt Amendment to H.R. 240 to defund Pres. Obama’s Nov. 2014 amnesty.
The other Democrat running in Congressional District 4 is Joseph L. McKinney of Eugene.  He is founder and president of Oregon Roads Inc., a finance and leasing company in the car business.  No campaign website was found for him.  His filing paper with OR Secretary of State gives an email address:  His positions on immigration are unknown.