Chris Deluzio is a Pittsburgh-area native, Iraq War veteran and voting rights attorney. He is an advocate for better jobs, greater opportunity, and defending union, worker, and women’s rights. Chris said: “What my campaign is about is putting our common good first, fighting for our shared prosperity, our dignity, our civil rights, our democracy – that's what I'm about.”
Voting rights & democracy
Chris commented: “With the radical right trying to strip away voting rights – it's time to send a voting rights attorney to Congress.” Chris has worked at two leading institutions to protect voting rights and election integrity:
Chris said: “Our democracy here is under attack…As someone who’s dedicated a lot of my life to protecting our right to vote and securing our elections in our democracy, I don’t view it as an option to sit back, [as] our politicians on the right are attacking our rights and threatening the health of our democracy.”
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Chris served as an officer in the Navy and deployed overseas multiple times. After returning from Iraq, Chris received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown Law, and clerked for a federal judge. He was part of the Pitt (University of Pittsburgh) Faculty Organizing Committee with the United Steelworkers, fighting successfully for the Pitt faculty to join the union.
Chris’s volunteer initiatives have included work with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, pro bono legal assistance with the Veterans Consortium and for indigent tenants in Allegheny County, and service as a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer (mentoring and interviewing applicants to the Academy).
Chris’s Republican opponent is Jeremy Shaffer, a former Ross Township commissioner. Shaffer ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2018; in that campaign Shaffer’s team was accused of dirty tricks after fake campaign signs were put up, matching and made to appear that they were the signs of his Democratic opponent, saying that she was running as a “Socialist”. Shaffer has reportedly raised doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. Shaffer has openly supported overturning Roe v. Wade and signaled support for a constitutional amendment to restrict abortion access nationwide. On the environment, Shaffer argues that the EPA’s regulations need to be “reigned in”, to be able to allow for more projects like pipelines. Shaffer has a 92% rating by the National Rifle Association.
Here are some of Chris’s key policy positions – the quotes are taken from his campaign website and other published statements.
When summing up what motivated him to run for Congress, Chris said: “I was shaped profoundly by my time in uniform, what it meant to serve others, and learn pretty quickly the power of solidarity. We don’t leave people behind, regardless of race, or class, or who they love, what they look like, where they’re from, it doesn’t matter. I look around, though, and I see way too many people being left behind.” This race will be very close. Chris needs our help now. And the more voters who turn out to vote for Chris in the 17thcongressional district of Pennsylvania, the better the chances that Democrat John Fetterman will beat Trump’s ally Dr. Oz in the crucial senate race.