Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Announces New Hires

Aug 22, 2014
Press Release

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.