Rep. Peter Roskam

Winter 2019 Resident Fellow


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For twenty-five years, Peter Roskam has held office, uniquely serving in both the majority and the minority in each of three storied legislative bodies — the US House of Representatives, the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives. He also served in the Leadership in Congress and the Illinois Senate.

As a six-term Congressman representing suburban Chicago, Roskam was ranked by Georgetown University’s Lugar Center among the top 25 most bipartisan members of Congress. Yet he has also played a central role in highly partisan activities such as the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and the Select Committee on Benghazi.

He chaired three major subcommittees of the Ways & Means Committee. As Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee he was a chief architect in the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax code in over three decades, offering much-needed tax relief to families and businesses in every income bracket resulting in globally competitive tax rates, record-high small business optimism and historically low unemployment rates.

As Chairman of the Ways & Means Health Policy Subcommittee, he led a series of hearings addressing the opioid crisis and authored several pieces of legislation which were included in landmark opioid relief legislation that was signed into law. Additionally, under his guidance the Subcommittee undertook to reduce regulatory barriers in healthcare through a bipartisan Red Tape Relief Program.

As Chairman of the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee, Roskam championed efforts to overhaul the IRS’ civil asset forfeiture program, receiving unanimous support in the House and resulting in important legislation to protect Americans from IRS overreach. He also probed the relationship between the rising costs of college and the tax code and sponsored the Truth in Tuition Act to aid families in planning for their children’s education.

He chaired the US House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission supporting emerging democracies abroad and as such hosted dozens of in-bound foreign, parliamentary delegations as well as led or participated in over two dozen Congressional delegations throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

He sits on the Board of Directors for the National Endowment for Democracy.

In addition to elected service, Roskam practiced law, taught high school, served as a Congressional Assistant and headed a charity for disadvantaged students. He and his wife Elizabeth, an accomplished oil painter, have been married for thirty years. They have four adult children and a delightful dog named Max.