Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Roskam, Local Leaders Praise Senate Passage of Youth Anti-Trafficking Bill

2014/09/19

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) praised last night’s Senate passage of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, which passed the House of Representatives in July.  H.R. 4980, seeks to prevent child sex trafficking, focusing specifically on at-risk youth in the foster care system. “The numbers are staggering--studies suggest a majority of trafficked children are either currently in the foster care system or have previously been in the child welfare system,” said Roskam.  “In the best of circumstances these kids face incredible adversity, and in the worst circumstances a pattern of childhood abuse makes them incredibly vulnerable to falling into the hands of human traffickers.  This legislation, now on its way to the president’s desk, is focused on identifying and protecting those most at risk.”  "While we are tackling the crime of sex trafficking here in Illinois more aggressively than ever before, it is crucial that we provide additional protections and preventive resources for our most vulnerable children before they can be recruited or seduced into this cruel and demeaning cycle of violence," said Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.  "I commend Congressman Roskam for his leadership on this important bill and for working closely with local prosecutors to ensure that important resources are being directed to strengthen resources for our children and families."  "CAASE supports federal efforts to reform our nation's child welfare response to minor victims of trafficking and believes this bill is an important step in the right direction,” said Lynn Johnson, Policy Director at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE).  “ Youth in foster care are particularly at risk of exploitation and are in desperate need of specialized services designed to meet their needs." H.R. 4980 would prevent sex trafficking of foster children by documenting ongoing efforts to place foster children in permanent homes and implementing plans to rapidly locate a child missing from care; requiring states to develop new systems to identify at-risk children and ensure relevant data is provided to caseworkers; and encouraging states to involve children in developing their own case plans, encouraging personal responsibility and growth.  Roskam, who serves on the Ways and Means Committee in which the bill was drafted is a cosponsor of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. “Through work at both the federal and local level, we can continue to press forward in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking,” said Roskam.  “I am honored to have worked with CAASE and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to raise awareness of this horrible crime in the Chicagoland area and appreciate their leadership and innovative approach to stamping out human trafficking.  I am encouraged this bipartisan, common sense legislation is only one step away from being signed into law and making a real difference in the lives of foster care children.” ### Read More

House Unanimously Passes Roskam-Nadler Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad. “Today’s unanimous passage of our resolution sends a clear and strong message that we condemn the rising tide of anti-Semitism throughout the world and that we will do all we can to prevent its spread. In 2014 alone, we have seen increased incidents of murder at Jewish sites, violent attacks and death threats against Jews, as well as violence, arson, graffiti, and other instances of vandalism at Jewish places of worship,” the lawmakers said. “We must ensure the world views such actions for what they are, the vile and hate-fueled persecution of an entire people, rather than an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere else. The United States must continue to play an essential role in shining a spotlight on the ugly resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of religious discrimination.” “Tonight, Congress sent a resounding message to the world about America's resolve to confront this ugly and dangerous hatred. We commend Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX) for their leadership mobilizing action against the upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Latin America, and even in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We hope world leaders will echo Congress’s call and will demonstrate the will to ensure that anti-Semitism has no place in their country and that Jews have the right to live in security and free of harassment and the fear of violence solely because they are Jewish.” The resolution was cosponsored by 174 House Members, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL), and House Appropriations Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY). The following groups supported the resolution: American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, Christians United for Israel, J Street, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish United Fund to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC), Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). ###  Read More

Roskam Praises PCAST Report on Antibiotic Resistance

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released their highly anticipated report on Antibiotic Resistance: “Today’s PCAST report adds to the growing chorus of voices calling for swift action to prevent the threat of widespread antibiotic resistance.  I deeply appreciate the hard work of all those involved in shaping this report and its thoughtful recommendations.   The rapid increase in antibiotic resistance, coupled with the lack of drug treatments currently available or in development increases the risk of global pandemic.  The broken antibiotics market has been the central impediment to new drug investment, and PCAST rightly identifies the need for significant incentives to lure companies back into antibiotic drug development.  “In April, I joined Congressman Danny Davis to introduce the DISARM Act, legislation that seeks to spur drug development by updating how our healthcare system views antibiotics.  DISARM adds a new classification for the high-powered antibiotics that treat superbugs, modernizing how Medicare views these important drugs.  Once Medicare begins reimbursing hospitals for these select drugs at cost, we can ensure a functioning market for their use, bring companies back into the antibiotics field and reinvigorate the pipeline of new antibiotics. “A great deal of credit belongs to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who jumpstarted the discussion of antibiotic resistance after the landmark 2013 CDC Threat Report that put superbugs on everyone’s radar.  Thanks to his diligence, the conversation about drug-resistant infections has advanced from an obscure, faraway issue to one where the superbug threat is serious, urgent and in need of swift action.” The Roskam-Davis DISARM Act addresses each of the four “core actions” identified in a November 2013 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as critical to combating the looming healthcare crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and reducing preventable deaths, including preventing infections and the spread of resistant bacteria, better tracking of resistance and antibiotic use, improved use of antibiotics, and the development of new antibiotics to treat resistant infections. ### Read More

Roskam Welcomes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Capitol

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s address to a joint session of Congress: “Today, I was honored to hear from President Poroshenko—a true friend of the United States who I had the pleasure of meeting in Ukraine this past May. This has been a difficult year for the people of Ukraine. Russian aggression continues to threaten Ukraine’s sovereignty and security, as well as overall regional stability. The United States must continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with President Poroshenko and the Ukrainian people to fend off Vladimir Putin’s illegitimate expansionism by strengthening sanctions on Russia and increasing material support for Ukraine. Although his country faces severe challenges, President Poroshenko is determined to help his people realize their democratic aspirations and put Ukraine back on a road to freedom and economic prosperity. Now is the time for the United States to lead and help restore peace and security to our ally Ukraine.”  Roskam was also able to deliver to President Poroshenko a painting done by his wife Elizabeth; a depiction of the Capitol Dome with the colors of the Ukrainian flag in the background. The story behind the painting, entitled "Bright Horizon," was reported by Roll Call today. Click here to read the story.   [[{"fid":"476","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] “Bright Horizon” by Elizabeth Roskam ### Read More

Roskam: The Threat We Face From ISIL is Real

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on House passage of authorization to aid vetted Syrian rebels: “For the last six years, American foreign policy has been based on a president who sees the world as he’d like it to be instead of how the world is.  The United States has communicated weakness and ambiguity to our enemies, fractured relationships with allies, and missed opportunities to be a force for good in the world.  Because of arbitrary political timelines, we pulled out of Iraq and left a power vacuum that terrorists easily filled.  The threat we face from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is real.  The volatile Middle East we see today is what happens when the United States chooses to lead from behind.  While this short-term authorization is necessary to help stop the rise of ISIL, I still have a number of concerns about the president’s long-term strategy to eliminate this terrorist threat.  I will continue to closely monitor the Administration’s actions, and press them to carry out their objective to degrade and destroy ISIL.  Allowing  ISIL to establish a safe haven in the Middle East will only increase the threat, make our options worse and the decisions even harder.”   Read More

Roskam Accepting Nominations for 2014 Congressional Veteran Commendation

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) announced that his office has started accepting nominations for the 2014 Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC). The CVC, in conjunction with the Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress, is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of veterans and preserve their stories for future generations. “I’m extremely proud of our vibrant veterans community here in the Sixth District,” said Congressman Roskam. “These brave men and women who served in our Armed Forces deserve nothing less than our utmost gratitude and appreciation. The Congressional Veteran Commendation is an opportunity to recognize and honor a few of these exceptional individuals who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, security, and prosperity.” To nominate a local veteran for the award, please fill out the nomination form by Monday, October 13.  Eligibility Requirements: Veteran must be a current resident of the Illinois 6th District Nominees must have served as active duty military personnel or been reservists called to active duty and must be retired or honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces. Veteran has not previously received the Congressional Veteran Commendation Award recipients will be recognized in a ceremony hosted by Congressman Peter Roskam.  For additional information regarding the CVC or to confirm residency in the District, please contact Anna Stachulak or Shane Scherer at 630-232-0006.  For press inquiries, please contact Stephanie Kittredge at 202-225-4561.   ### Read More

ASK PETER: Obamacare's Broken Promises

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment, Congressman Roskam answers an email from Ted Whittington from Elgin, who lost his employer-sponsored healthcare plan and doctor under Obamacare, and asked what the House is doing to prevent the harmful effects of the President’s healthcare law. Click here or below to watch.     “President Obama broke two key promises. Number one: he promised American families that they would on average save $2,500 per family on their insurance premiums. And he also promised that if you liked your coverage you would get to keep your coverage. Both of those turned out to be false.” “The House of Representatives has taken up an initiative called the Employee Health Care Protection Act to help Ted and others like him keep the coverage that they had if they liked it. This is because many people are being forced out of their insurance plans and being put into Obamacare exchanges where they’re seeing their deductibles and premiums skyrocket. We can and we are doing something about it.” Ask Peter videos are available at roskam.house.gov, Facebook, Twitter, and via press release. The videos are sent to constituents via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, depending on how they contacted the Roskam office.     ### Read More

Roskam Statement on the Anniversary of September 11th

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks:     “Thirteen years ago, 3,000 innocent Americans were senselessly killed in a terrorist attack on our nation.  Among them, first responders who bravely ran into the burning Twin Towers, passengers of United 93 who took on their hijackers and saved countless lives on the ground, and heroes at the Pentagon and in New York who sought to save others--their coworkers, friends and people they had never met.  Today we pause in a moment of silence for the victims of September 11th and for their families who still mourn their loss.  We offer up prayers that God in His infinite love grant them peace on this sad day and all days.  “That clear Tuesday morning thirteen years ago revealed to us the face of a new enemy, but also the unshakable resolve of our nation.  In the wake of 9/11, Americans joined together, vowing to rebuild, to never forget, and to confront our attackers wherever they were.  We remember each September 11th that we live in a dangerous world, where the very freedoms we hold dear make us targets of terror both at home and abroad.  Today we also mark the second anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack that took the lives of four Americans, and we look to the Middle East where we must confront the ascendant threat from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Today we join together to reflect, to renew our commitment to stand together to defeat those who seek to attack our very way of life, and to endeavor to live up to the ideals that have made our great nation strong, prosperous, and free.”  ### Read More

Making college more affordable for everyone

2014/08/31

[[{"fid":"472","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Making college more affordable for everyone By Congressman Peter Roskam Summer has ended and that means it’s back to school time for families across the country. For those parents who recently loaded up the car and dropped their kids off at college, the excitement of a nother year of school is tempered by another year of looming tuition bills and ever-increasing education expenses. As parents, we want our kids to have every opportunity for the future, and higher education is important for their success. But the rising cost of a college degree is making it harder for students to get a quality, affordable education without being saddled with thousands of dollars in student loan debt. In the past five years, the cost of a college degree has jumped more than 27 percent for public four-year institutions and 29 percent for public two-year institutions, placing a degree completely out of reach for some and presenting a significant challenge to more middle class families every year. At a time when our economy is still weak from the recession, lawmakers must step up to ensure college remains affordable for our nation’s kids. That is why in July, my colleagues and I passed a number of common-sense, bipartisan bills aimed at addressing the cost of college for American families.   The cost of college has become much more than the advertised price of tuition, room and board. Fees and course materials add up, and navigating the endless bureaucracy of student loans and financial aid programs can be daunting. To take some of the guesswork out of financial planning, the House passed the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, which creates a consumer-tested College Dashboard, giving students and parents the tools to fully understand the total cost of college before deciding where to continue their education. Another bill, theEmpowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, provides interactive counseling through an online tool each year a student participates in a federal loan program. By increasing loan awareness and financial planning before and throughout the college experience, we can eliminate surprise expenses and ensure students work through available grant and scholarship options to shrink the size of their student loan. The House also passed two bills that would streamline the tax code, making it easier for families to use tax credits to make college more affordable. The Student and Family Tax Simplification Act consolidates four existing education provisions into a single, modernized and permanent American Opportunity Tax Credit that families can use to offset tuition expenses, fees and course materials. Middle- and low-income families would be eligible for a 100 percent tax credit for the first $2,000 of eligible higher education expenses and a 25 percent tax credit for the next $2,000 of such expenses, providing relief for those who need it the most. The House also voted to reform the Child Tax Credit, indexing it to inflation and eliminating the marriage penalty so families can more easily receive their full eligible amount. Simplifying education tax credits ensures families can get the most savings possible, and students can spend less time worrying about financing their education, instead focusing on developing the skills necessary to enter the workforce.   Obtaining a quality education is key to bettering the lives of our children and ensuring their long term success, and getting a college degree shouldn't mean a lifetime of student loan debt. These common-sense, bipartisan bills are a big step toward tackling the cost of higher education, and opening up more opportunities for the next generation. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, represents Illinois' 6th District Read More

Roskam Announces New Hires

2014/08/22

Wounded Warrior to Lead District Veterans Services Local Graduate to Manage Tours, Constituent Services WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement on staff changes in his Illinois and Washington, D.C. offices, including hiring U.S. Army Sergeant Shane Scherer (Ret.) as Veterans Constituent Advocate and Hannah Schiller as Staff Assistant.  Sgt. Scherer joins the office as part of the Congressional Wounded Warriors Program, which helps injured veterans find employment with the House of Representatives. On hiring Sgt. (Ret.) Shane Scherer: “I am honored to welcome Sgt. Shane Scherer to my Illinois staff, where he will be responsible for helping our local veterans receive the care and attention they deserve. Shane answered the call to serve his country in uniform by joining the Army in 2007. Just 11 days before returning home from his first deployment in Afghanistan, he suffered life-threatening injuries during a sustained attack on his base. Shane spent a year in the hospital relearning how to walk, talk, and even swallow. His remarkable recovery is a testament to his strength, resilience, and unparalleled determination to help the country he nearly lost his life defending. I look forward to working with Shane to help better the lives of veterans here in Illinois, and am thrilled to have someone of his experience and caliber on the team.” Sgt. Scherer was born and raised in Morro Bay, CA, and completed his undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. He retired from the Army in 2010 as a decorated non-commissioned officer, having earned a Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.  After separating from the Army, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.  He and his wife, Jacqueline, have been married since 2010. On hiring Hannah Schiller: “Hannah starts her Congressional career with a couple of built-in advantages: she grew up in Hoffman Estates and has a deep familiarity with the people and communities of our suburban Chicago district; she also recently completed a Congressional internship with my office, where she excelled at providing customer service to visiting constituents, including arranging their tours and assisting them in meeting with me and my staff on legislative issues.  Her charm and compassion will be a great asset as she serves as the front line point of contact for local residents connecting with my Washington office.” Hannah grew up in Hoffman Estates, IL, and began her studies at Harper College in Palatine.  She went on to graduate with honors from Liberty University with a degree in Politics and Policy.  Her studies included exciting research into new ways to engage and empower women in politics.  ### 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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Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

John Shimkus

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Adam Kinzinger

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Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

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