Featured Member: Peter Roskam
Peter Roskam is the Congressman for the Sixth District of Illinois and is the Chief Deputy Whip, a member of House leadership.
Currently in his fourth term, Roskam is a member of the influential House Ways and Means Committee and is the co-chair of the Republican Israel caucus. In 2010, Roskam was the Vice-Chair of America Speaking Out, the organization that created the GOP’s Pledge to America.
Before his election to Congress in 2006, Roskam was a member of the Illinois Senate, serving in leadership as the Republican Whip and Floor Leader. He served in the Illinois House before that from 1993 to 200Before his election to Congress in 2006, Roskam was a member of the Illinois Senate, serving in leadership as the Republican Whip and Floor Leader. He served in the Illinois House before that from 1993 to 2000.
Peter earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Following law school, Peter pursued his interest in public policy and moved to our nation's capitol, working for his predecessor from the Sixth District, Congressman Henry Hyde.
Peter grew up in the Sixth District, attending Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. During his years on Capitol Hill, he met his wife Elizabeth. They now live in Wheaton where they are raising their four children.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a strong, principled, and important speech to Congress today. The Prime Minister and Israel have a friend in House Republicans. As Mr. Netanyahu reiterated today, America and Israel have a unique and special relationship. As our strongest ally and only democratic friend in a deeply troubled region, America must stand with our friend Israel and reject any moves that diminish our special relationship.
“Israel should never be pressured to bid against itself, nor can it or should it ever go back to pre-1967 borders – a recipe for war, not peace. As I wrote last week, there are consequences for the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join with a terrorist organization uniquely committed to the destruction of Israel. Now that Hamas is an official governing partner of the Palestinian Authority, we in Congress must reconsider our foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority.” - Rep. Roskam's response to PM Netanyahu's address to Congress, May 24, 2011