Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam


Roskam, Zeldin: Time to Cut Funding for Additional Iran Negotiations


Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), two co-chairs of the House Republican Israel Caucus, joined with other House colleagues in sending a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs urging the panel to prohibit funding for further U.S. involvement in dangerous P5+1 negotiations with Iran in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations bill. Read More

Key Advocacy Groups Rally Behind Roskam IRS Gift Tax Bill


Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) announced a broad coalition of support from key advocacy organizations for his Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act (H.R. 1104), which would permanently ensure that donations to 501(c)4, (c)5, and (c)6 organizations are not subject to the gift tax. Read More

Roskam, Meng Urge House Appropriators to Boost Funding for U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation


Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, urged House appropriators to increase funding for joint U.S.-Israel missile defense systems including Iron Dome, Arrow, Arrow 3, and David’s Sling. Read More

Chairman Roskam Opening Statement: The Use of Data to Stop Medicare Fraud


Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the federal government’s use of data analysis—particularly the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Fraud Prevention System (FPS)—to identify emerging trends and stop Medicare fraud. Read More

Roskam, Colleagues Announce the Launch of Bipartisan Taskforce on Anti-Semitism


Today, U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam (IL-06) Chris Smith (NJ-04), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Kay Granger (TX-12), Steve Israel (NY-03), and Ted Deutch (FL-21) announced the launch of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives. Together, these Members will serve as co-Chairs of the Taskforce in the 114th Congress and spearhead initiatives aimed at addressing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism around the world. Read More

Wanted: Accountability at the IRS


Americans deserve a government that’s efficient and effective, but that’s not exactly how you’d describe the IRS. So on Wednesday, the Ways and Means Committee will take up a series of bills based on the Tea Party targeting investigation to change how the IRS does business. And recently, the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, led by Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), has upped the pressure on the agency to be more transparent and more accountable in other areas.

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Roskam Statement on Clinton Press Conference


Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, released the following statement after a press conference held by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Read More

ICYMI: Roskam: Significant Gaps in Secretary Clinton's Emails at Pivotal Times


Last night, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, appeared on FOX News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address and the Committee’s ongoing investigation. Read More

Roskam, Lieu Urge Further FDA Action to Combat Superbugs


This week, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) joined with eight additional House colleagues in sending a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg seeking further information and ideas from the FDA on how best to prevent fatal outbreaks of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or superbugs. Read More

ICYMI: George Will Column Highlights Roskam Efforts to Curb IRS Abuse


Today, columnist George Will published a column in the Washington Post highlighting Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam’s (R-IL) efforts to curb IRS abuse and prevent a Lois Lerner 2.0 situation. 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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