Jim Weaver (Oregon politician)

James Howard Weaver (August 8, 1927 – October 6, 2020) was an American businessman, politician, and World War II veteran who served as a Democrat in the United States Congress, representing Oregon's 4th congressional district from 1975 to 1987.[1]

Jim Weaver
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byJohn Dellenback
Succeeded byPeter DeFazio
Personal details
James Howard Weaver

(1927-08-08)August 8, 1927
Brookings, South Dakota
DiedOctober 6, 2020(2020-10-06) (aged 93)
Eugene, Oregon
Political partyDemocratic

He was known as a fierce advocate for environmental protections, especially those relating to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Weaver was born in Brookings, South Dakota, the son of Leo C. and Alice (Flittie) Weaver.[3] He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of seventeen and served in World War II on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.[4] Weaver moved to Oregon from Des Moines, Iowa, in 1947 to attend the University of Oregon. Prior to entering Congress, Weaver worked for a publishing company. In 1959, he was hired as a staff member for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. In 1960, Weaver was hired by a real estate development company, eventually becoming a developer of apartment and office buildings. He was a delegate to the 1960 and 1964 Democratic National Conventions.

Political careerEdit

In 1974, Weaver defeated incumbent Republican congressman John R. Dellenback to become the United States Representative from Oregon's 4th congressional district. He was known for conducting the only filibuster in the modern history of the House of Representatives by adding 113 amendments to a Washington Public Power Supply System bill in 1980.[5] After the filibuster, the House passed "The Weaver Rule" to "limit" the use of such tactics.[6]

In 1986, Weaver was selected as the Democratic nominee for United States Senate and was to face incumbent Republican Bob Packwood. After receiving the nomination, however, Weaver was the subject of a House Ethics Committee probe into his campaign finances, and withdrew his candidacy when it became apparent that he would lose the general election. Oregon State Representative Rick Bauman was selected to replace Weaver on the ballot, and lost to Packwood. The House Ethics Committee ruled that Weaver had used campaign money for personal investments, in violation of House rules.[7] Eventually it was discovered that the report had included errors. The House Ethics Committee later stated that Weaver had not violated the law.[8] Weaver served out his term and was succeeded by his aide, Peter DeFazio.


In 2008, a trail around Oregon's Waldo Lake was renamed as the "Jim Weaver Loop Trail" in honor of Weaver.[9]

Weaver died in Eugene on October 6, 2020, at the age of 93.[10]


  1. ^ The Register-Guard (Oct 7, 2020). "Jim Weaver, Oregon's 'profound environmental congressman,' dies at 93". oregonlive. Retrieved Oct 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Brown, Jordyn (October 6, 2020). "Former Oregon congressman, environmental leader Jim Weaver dies at 93". Register-Guard. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Havel, James T. (1996). "The candidates".
  4. ^ Taylor, Ted. Voice of Conscience: Jim Weaver speaks out on war, elections, the environment, and 'two kinds of people.' October 24, 2002, accessed November 15, 2006.
  5. ^ James Weaver (24 December 2012). "How a House filibuster killed nuclear plants". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  6. ^ Kurtz, Howard. "Controversy No Stranger To Weaver." The Washington Post, May 21, 1985: A17.
  7. ^ Panel Says Oregon Democrat Violated House Ethics Rules. New York Times. October 8, 1986.
  8. ^ None, None. "Clarification Weaver Report Erred." The Oregonian, August 24, 1991: A19.
  9. ^ Palmer, Susan. "Honored for land he fought to protect." Register Guard, September 30, 2008: B1, B3.
  10. ^ Brown, Jordyn (October 6, 2020). "Former Oregon congressman, environmental leader Jim Weaver dies at 93". Register-Guard. Retrieved October 6, 2020.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ted Kulongoski
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Oregon
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Rick Bauman
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John R. Dellenback
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Peter DeFazio