Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam


Roskam Op-Ed: New reforms will help fight Medicare fraud


Washington has a tendency to avoid difficult problems until it's too late to fix them, but ignoring deficiencies in Medicare and Medicaid - both of which are on a steady path to bankruptcy due to rising costs and a ballooning fraud rate - will only make these problems worse and jeopardize their long-term solvency. That's why I'm proud that these common-sense reforms to help fix our critical healthcare safety-net programs for seniors and save billions of taxpayer dollars are now the law of the land. Even during these challenging times, Democrats and Republicans agree that legislation like PRIME Act is an important step toward making healthcare fraud a thing of the past. Read More

House, Senate Panels Adopt Measures to Combat Boycott of Israel


Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released statements following unanimous adoption of measures to combat the boycott of Israel in the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee drafts of fast-track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Read More

Roskam Opening Statement: Hearing on 2015 Tax Filing Season


Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the 2015 tax filing season and general operations at the Internal Revenue Service. Read More

No, the IRS Doesn’t Need More Money


Today, the Ways and Means Committee released a report debunking the IRS’s claim that it lacks sufficient funding to provide quality customer service to American taxpayers. Here are some of the key takeaways: Read More

ICYMI: IRS to Roskam: You're Right, We Shouldn't Rehire Formerly Fired Employees


Today, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted to Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) that the agency was wrong to rehire hundreds of employees previously fired for misconduct or performance issues. Roskam first raised the issue with the IRS in February following an audit report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that faulted the agency for this practice. Read More

Roskam Previews IRS Tax Filing Season Hearing on Fox Business


Tonight, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) appeared on FOX Business News’ The Willis Report with Gerri Willis to discuss House efforts to rein in the IRS and preview tomorrow’s Subcommittee hearing on the 2015 tax filing season. Read More

ICYMI: Roskam: IRS Targeting is Insidious and Poisonous


This week, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) spoke on the House floor in support of Congressman Jim Renacci’s (R-OH) Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act, which ensures that any IRS employee found guilty of targeting Americans for their political beliefs is fired immediately. The bill passed unanimously along with several other measures to rein in IRS abuse. Read More

Roskam Statement on the Passing of Cardinal Francis George


Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the passing of Cardinal Francis George. Read More

ICYMI: Roskam: The IRS Needs to Do More with Less


Yesterday, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) spoke on the House floor in support of Congressman George Holding’s (R-NC) legislation to streamline the 501(c)4 application process by allowing groups to self-declare their tax-exempt status rather than endure indefinite delays by the IRS. The bill passed unanimously along with several other measures to rein in IRS abuse. Read More

President Obama Signs Roskam, Carney Medicare Fraud Provisions Into Law


Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman John Carney (D-DE) released the following statements after President Obama signed into law H.R. 2, which contains key Medicare fraud provisions authored by Roskam and Carney. The enacted measures, which were originally filed in the Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures (PRIME Act) of 2015, will strengthen these programs by eliminating vulnerabilities that expose them to fraud and improper payments. 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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