Republican Peter J. Roskam

Peter J. Roskam

Birthdate: Sept. 13, 1961
Birth Place: Hinsdale, IL, United States
Residence: Wheaton, IL
Religion: Presbyterian
First Elected: 2006
Gender: Male


Party: Republican
State: Illinois
Office: House
District: District 6


Undergraduate: University of Illinois

Degree: BA

Graduate: Chicago-Kent College of Law

Degree: JD

Peter Roskam was born in Hinsdale, Ill., and now lives in Wheaton. He earned a bachelor's at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He worked as an attorney in private practice in the Wheaton law firm of Salvi, Roskam and Maher. He then worked as an aide for Republican Reps. Henry Hyde and Tom DeLay.

In 1993, he was elected to the Illinois House and served until 1999. He ran unsuccessfully in 1998 against U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert for the 13th District seat. He was appointed to the state Senate in 2000.

Roskam won election to the U.S. House in 2006.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.


Peter Roskam has risen quickly during his tenure in Congress. He serves on the powerful Way and Means Committee, was named chief deputy whip _ the No. 4 office in House Republican leadership _ and has become a prominent voice on some international trade issues.

Roskam voted against the 2010 health care reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama. He said he was opposed to the legislation because it would strain Illinois' budget by expanding Medicaid to cover more of the uninsured. He also voted to repeal the law in 2011.

"It is the expansion of welfare and it's not a good foundation upon which to move forward," Roskam said.

He supported the 2011 Budget Control Act, a compromise that allowed for increases in the nation's debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts.

Roskam voted against the 2009 federal stimulus legislation.

In October of that year, he and three other Republican congressmen flew to Honduras and met with interim President Roberto Micheletti, who had recently ousted President Manuel Zelaya and was being denied legitimacy by much of the international community. The trip was seen as controversial in Washington because of the White House's support for the deposed Zelaya.

In his first year in the House, Roskam he was the chief sponsor of a House-approved resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Gold Star Mother's Day, which honors mothers who lost a son or daughter in the armed forces.

During his 13 years in the Illinois Legislature, Roskam often took the lead in explaining the conservative viewpoint during floor debates. He spoke out against the state's moratorium on executions, government support of stem cell research and legislation to protect gays from discrimination.

Source: Associated Press

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