Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Biography

U.S. Rep. Peter J. Roskam

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam is the Congressional representative for Illinois’ 6th district covering Winfield, West Chicago, Saint Charles and Barrington. He is currently in his sixth term of service. 

Representative Roskam serves as the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman for the 115th Congress where he is leading a series of hearings and roundtable discussions addressing the opioid crisis and regulatory reform. During these hearings, Representative Roskam and the Health Subcommittee have learned about changes that must be made in our Medicare programs to reduce the prescribing of opiates and instead utilize less addictive pain management methods.

He also sits on the Tax Policy Subcommittee and previously led the Oversight Subcommittee—a key watchdog post with jurisdiction into the spending and operations of tax-writing and healthcare programs within the federal government. During his time as Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, he played a leading role in the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax code in over three decades.

Representative Roskam was at the center of the investigation into the IRS after it was revealed the agency was targeting Americans for their personal, religious, and political beliefs, authoring legislation to protect against these abuses that became law. He also championed efforts to overhaul the troubled agency’s civil asset forfeiture program and probed the relationship between the rising costs of college and the tax code.

Promoting America’s role in the world, Representative Roskam is Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership, assisting legislatures in emerging democracies; he serves as a co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, the largest Republican congressional organization dedicated to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship; and he serves on the Board of Directors for the National Endowment for Democracy. He previously served on the Select Committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Roskam graduated from the University of Illinois before spending his early career in the office of his mentor, legendary Congressman Henry Hyde. He later earned his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and began a law practice, where he developed significant experience as a litigator. Roskam has represented Chicago’s western suburbs in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate.

Roskam lives in Wheaton with his wife of over 28 years, Elizabeth. They have four children.

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