Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Roskam Statement on the Release of Alan Gross from Cuba

2014/12/17

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), chair of the House Democracy Partnership, released the following statement on the release of Alan Gross from Cuba: “I join all Americans in welcoming Alan Gross back to the United States following his five years of unjust imprisonment by the Castro regime. However, the Obama administration’s decision to release three Cuban spies—including one responsible for the deaths of innocent Americans—and seek normalized relations with Cuba is a dangerous mistake. Cuba continues to refuse to hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, and legalize independent labor, press, and political opposition. Political arrests more than tripled from 2010 to 2013 and, just this past year, Cuba was caught red-handed attempting to smuggle weapons to North Korea. Therefore, the Administration’s intent to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba only rewards and legitimizes the Castros’ decades of repressive, dictatorial rule, and once again demonstrates President Obama’s tendency to appease our enemies while alienating our allies.” ### Read More

Roskam, Lipinski Succeed in Protecting Local Economy and Environment

2014/12/17

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after blocking an attempt to add language to last week’s federal spending bill that would potentially cut Chicagoland waterways off from Lake Michigan in an effort to prevent the spread of Asian Carp. Roskam and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) led a bipartisan letter to Speaker Boehner highlighting the costly economic and environmental impact of this proposal. As a result, this language was omitted from the final version of the bill. “We must continue to fight the spread of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan, which threatens our waterways and the health of our Great Lakes,” said Roskam. “However, some Members in Congress attempted to slip language into the federal spending bill that would restrict commercial barge traffic through Illinois’ waterways, which would do long-term damage to our local economy and environment. Fortunately, Congressman Lipinski and I were able to successfully block this harmful proposal and ensure our waterways stay up and running. Asian Carp are a real threat to our ecosystem, but we should ensure that measures to stem the tide of this invasive species are vetted, effective, and not detrimental to our local economy.” ### Read More

Congressman-Elect Lee Zeldin Named Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus

2014/12/15

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, announced that Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin (R-NY) will join the group and serve as caucus co-chair. Zeldin joins Roskam, Congressmen Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) in leading the caucus, which is the largest Republican congressional organization dedicated to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship. “Lee will be a wonderful addition to the leadership of the House Republican Israel Caucus next Congress,” said Roskam, Lamborn, and Lance. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience promoting the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel, which will be increasingly important as our two nations work together to confront the challenges posed by Iran’s ongoing quest for nuclear weapons and the continued spread of violent extremism across the Middle East. We look forward to working with Lee to advance the U.S.-Israel relationship and help ensure a safer world for the United States and our allies.” “I am honored to have been selected to serve as one of the co-chairs of the House Republican Israel Caucus,” said Zeldin. "There is no greater friend and reliable ally to the United States than Israel. We have a mutually beneficial relationship, as Israel remains a most important strategic partner. It's imperative that the United States pursues a stronger and more consistent foreign policy. With the turmoil and unrest we see around the world, especially in the Middle East, it’s essential that we remain committed to building a stronger relationship with our strongest ally, Israel. A threat to Israel is a threat to the United States. I look forward to the opportunity to improve upon this relationship in the years to come.” The House Republican Israel Caucus, which boasts over 100 members, is committed to enhancing the U.S.-Israel relationship through enacting meaningful legislation and coordinating educational initiatives with top policy experts and thought leaders. ### Read More

Roskam and Crowley Announce New India Caucus Co-Chairs

2014/12/11

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans for the 113th Congress, announced that Congressman George Holding (R-NC) and Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) will serve as the new co-chairs for the 114th Congress: “George is the perfect person for this role and I know that the caucus will be in good hands,” said Roskam.  “As Republican Chair of the India Caucus, George will focus in on growing the relationship between our two democracies, emphasizing our nations’ shared interests from global security to trade and international prosperity.  At over 180 members, our caucus is the largest in the House dedicated to a single country.  Among so many of his colleagues, and with an unmatched work ethic and understanding of the issues, George will absolutely thrive.”      “Ami is an accomplished physician, a staunch advocate for his constituents, and is a go-to member when it comes to working constructively in Congress,” said Crowley. “His passion for the issues is impressive, and there is no question the Caucus will be in excellent hands. The Indian-American community has a wonderful partner in Ami Bera, and I look forward to working with him, and the entire India Caucus, as we continue our efforts to strengthen relations between the U.S. and India." “As I have said before, the United States-India bilateral relationship can be one of the defining partnerships of this century,” said Holding.  “I’m honored to follow Congressmen Roskam and Crowley and thank them for their commitment to this important relationship. I look forward to advancing the efforts of the Caucus as co-chair with Rep. Ami Bera. With a shifting geopolitical situation in Asia, unwavering cooperation between the U.S. and India is essential to promoting peace and stability.” “As the only Indian American serving in Congress, I’m honored to have been voted co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans,” said Bera. “I'd like to express my gratitude to Congressmen Crowley and Roskam for their years guiding the Caucus. Under their leadership the India Caucus has grown to one of the largest caucuses in the House. I’m excited to take on this new role at a critical time for the partnership between the U.S. and India. Building on Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the U.S. in September and President Obama’s upcoming trip to India, I look forward to working with Congressman Holding and our colleagues in the Caucus to continue to grow the economic and strategic relationship between our countries and to advocate for the Indian American community.” ### Read More

Roskam Urges Passage of Bill to Prevent Veteran Suicides

2014/12/10

Yesterday, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 5059, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV), which helps prevent veteran suicides by increasing access to quality mental health care for our veterans. This overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation, which the House passed unanimously, is named in honor of Marine Cpl. Clay Hunt, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and Purple Heart recipient who suffered from PTSD and took his own life in March 2011. Click here or below to watch the full video: “This is really a bill about real contrasts. And the contrast is starting at a very high point—a sense of calling, a sense of patriotism, a sense of going forward and meeting a duty and joining the Armed Forces of the United States. That’s one end of the spectrum. At the other end of the spectrum is Clay Hunt’s experience. “The power of this when you have that broad of a political spectrum that says ‘we’re not going to tolerate this.’ We’re going to make sure that the issue is not lost in the shuffle, that this is not a statistic…so I’m happy today to join with those who are asking for favorable passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act.” ### Read More

Roskam Statement on the Passing of Judy Baar Topinka

2014/12/10

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague Judy Baar Topinka. Judy was a tenacious and dynamic leader who dedicated her life to public service and the people of Illinois. She was a trailblazer, a fighter and a total sparkplug.  She will be dearly missed and Elizabeth and I join her family and many friends in mourning her passing." Read More

Roskam Secures Key Watchdog Post on Ways and Means Committee

2014/12/04

Washington, DC--Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) was named House Ways and Means Committee Oversight Chair for the 114th Congress.  The Oversight Subcommittee is a key watchdog over the spending and operations of programs within the tax-writing and healthcare jurisdiction of the full committee.  “In an era of big government, federal agencies have grown larger, gained more power and have become unaccountable to the taxpayers they are supposed to serve.  The long trail of IRS abuses--from targeting individuals for their political or religious beliefs-- to the dozens of agencies involved in Obamacare implementation that’s placing bureaucrats in the middle of individual’s healthcare choices with little transparency or recourse for Americans requires diligent oversight and action from the people’s representatives in Congress.  “I am honored to be named to this key oversight role in the 114th Congress, where my focus will be vigilant, fact-based and fair investigations into the Administration and its sprawling bureaucracy.  These last few years have shown us the real dangers of agencies run amok, and frankly it’s become all too common for citizens to be in the cross-hairs of their own federal government.  But in this moment of both a Republican House and Senate, we have an incredible opportunity to shine a light into the dark corners, and restore the checks and balances that the founders intended.  “Chairman Paul Ryan has a big vision on how to move our country forward and I look forward to working alongside him and my fellow Ways and Means Members to advance bold, conservative solutions and work to uncover and fix what isn’t working in government to better serve the American people.” Roskam already has a long track record of defending taxpayers from government overreach in his work as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, passing through the House a series of bills aimed at reigning in an out of control IRS. The Stop Playing on Citizens Cash (SPOCC) Act, stopped wasteful IRS spending on conferences in the wake of a series of lavish IRS conferences that featured spoof videos and costly employee gift bags.   The Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act requires the IRS to alert taxpayers when their information is shared with other federal agencies. The bill also puts the onus on the IRS to correspond with taxpayers substantively within 30 days, and complete audits within a one-year of their start date. The Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act, cracked down on IRS targeting of individuals, baring the IRS from inquiring about a taxpayer's religious, political or social beliefs.  Roskam’s push for a Taxpayer Bill of Rights was recently adopted by the IRS and now hangs in every agency office throughout the country.  Roskam has also led the effort to increase Obamacare transparency and accountability through the creation of a Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act (SIGMA).  Currently at 103 cosponsors, Roskam’s SIGMA legislation would enable a non-partisan, independent watchdog to reach into the myriad agencies responsible for Obamacare implementation and submit quarterly reports and audits on every aspect of the law, from the impact on out-of-pocket costs, to shrinking provider networks, contracting, and Healthcare.gov’s data security in a way that no single oversight official currently can.   Read More

Roskam Iran Oversight Measure Headed to President’s Desk

2014/12/04

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on a measure seeking transparency on the Iran nuclear negotiations he co-authored with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) that was included in the final 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House unanimously passed today.  The Roskam-Walorski measure requires the Obama administration to report to Congress on Iran’s compliance with ongoing nuclear negotiations and the overall state of its nuclear program. The 2015 NDAA is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the year. “Nearly one year ago, the Obama administration entered into a dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran despite widespread opposition from Congress and the American people. Throughout the two failed rounds of negotiations Iran has refused to comply with the terms of the agreement by routinely denying the International Atomic Energy Agency access to its suspected nuclear and military facilities. Yet the Administration has turned a blind eye to these blatant violations while keeping Congress and the American people completely in the dark on Iran’s progress toward nuclear weapons capability. This amendment will, for the first time, require the Administration to finally come clean on its closed-door negotiations with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. I want to thank Congresswoman Walorski for working with me on this critical measure, which will bring much-needed transparency and accountability to what has been a secretive, harmful process. Congress should act immediately to reinstate strong sanctions against Iran to pressure its leadership to fully dismantle their illicit nuclear program.” You can read the full amendment in Sec. 1271 (pages 749-750) of the NDAA here.   ### Read More

Roskam Speaks in Support of the ABLE Act

2014/12/04

WASHINGTON, DC–Yesterday, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows disabled Americans to create tax-free saving accounts to help these individuals and their families save for the future. The legislation passed the House 404-17 and will now be considered by the Senate for final passage. Click here or below to watch the full video: “We may not be able to agree what time of day it is in this Congress, but we can agree that we all ought to come together to help those who are unable help themselves, or to help those who want to care for the ones around them. “I’m here to celebrate with my colleagues who took the initiative, I’m here to celebrate others who came alongside, but most of all we’re here to celebrate the lives of those who are being supported by this act.” ### Read More

Roskam Hails Passage of US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act

2014/12/03

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement on House passage of S. 2673, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act: "The past year of turmoil in the Middle East—from the rise of ISIS to Iran's continued march towards nuclear weapons—highlights the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Today the House acted to advance this relationship by designating Israel as a “major strategic partner” of the United States. This bipartisan bill will enhance the mutually beneficial military, economic, and energy ties between our two nations and ensure that the United States continues to help Israel defend itself. I remain committed to strengthening our partnership with Israel because it serves the direct interest of U.S. national security and the American people.” ### Read More

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Peter Roskam is the U.S. Representative for the Sixth District of Illinois. Upon his election, the Chicago Sun-Times and Roll Call newspapers called Roskam a "rising star."

Roskam's priorities in Washington include providing tax relief for hard working families and businesses, reining in federal spending, expanding healthcare access and affordability, and promoting energy independence. The Daily Herald described him as an "avowed fiscal conservative who could lay claim to the anti-tax mantel."

As the people of the Sixth District are heavily impacted by the financial services sector, Roskam sought and received an appointment to the exclusive House Financial Services Committee and sits on the subcommittees for Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises; Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology; and Oversight and Investigations. House Republican Leader John Boehner said about Roskam, “as a former Member of the Illinois State House, he has shown an unyielding commitment to the people of Illinois and will continue to do so while serving as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Financial Services Committee.” Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Spencer Bachus called Roskam “a top-notch legislator who will perform his new duties with integrity, thoughtfulness, and energy.”

In 1993 Roskam was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives where he served six years. In 2000, he was appointed to the Illinois Senate and served in the leadership as the Republican Whip and Floor Leader. He has received numerous awards from businesses, health care and pro-family organizations. He has also earned the praise of environmental and law enforcement groups for his leadership. In 2005, Americans for Tax Reform named him “Hero of the Taxpayer.”

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He took a hiatus from his legal studies to teach high school history and government in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Following law school, Peter pursued his interest in public policy and moved to our nation's capitol, where he worked for then freshman Congressman Tom DeLay and his predecessor from the Sixth District, Congressman Henry Hyde.

Back in Illinois, Peter served as Executive Director of Educational Assistance Ltd., a nonprofit scholarship program for disadvantaged youngsters. This organization received President Reagan's Volunteer Action Award for outstanding service to the community.

Peter's roots in the district go back to Hill Avenue in Glen Ellyn where he lived as a toddler. Growing up, Peter started a house cleaning service, served as Student Senate President at Glenbard West High School and was a varsity gymnast. At one point, he bicycled across America - from San Diego to Virginia Beach.

During his years on Capitol Hill, Peter met his wife Elizabeth. Congressman and Mrs. Roskam now live in Wheaton where they are raising their four children.

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