ABOUT PETER

 

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Peter Roskam proudly represents Illinois’ Sixth District in the United States Congress. A member of the Ways & Means Committee, he has served as subcommittee chairman for oversight, tax policy, and currently health. As Tax Policy chairman, Peter played a key role fixing our broken tax code, securing tax cuts for middle income families, and increasing American competitiveness. As Oversight Chairman, he used his gavel to rein in executive overreach and lead the investigation into IRS political targeting, passing legislation to reform the troubled agency.

Peter quarterbacked the opposition to President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, bucking his own party’s leadership to force the administration to reveal the side deals it had made with the Islamic Republic before allowing a vote. He continues to use his position on the Ways & Means Committee to fight terrorism through the tax code and keep money out of the hands of the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.

Peter has established himself as a leader in Congress fighting against Medicare fraud. The administration has acknowledged a fraud and erroneous payment rate over 12% at a time when credit card companies like Visa have cut fraud to 0.06%. This is unacceptable – and Peter will continue to push Medicare to adopt private sector innovations and new technology to prevent improper payments.

A lifelong Illinoisan, Peter’s roots run deep in Chicago’s western suburbs. Born in Hinsdale, raised in Glen Ellyn and now living in Wheaton, Peter has always been part of suburban Chicagoland. He graduated from Glenbard West High School and the University of Illinois. He earned his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

He taught high school, ran a nonprofit scholarship program for disadvantaged students and worked for his mentor, the legendary Congressman Henry Hyde. He also served in the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate.

Peter has been married to Elizabeth, an accomplished oil painter, for almost 30 years. Together they have four adult children and a very sweet dog named Max.