Former U.S. Congressman from Illinois
Peter Roskam is the former U.S. Congressman from suburban Chicago having previously served in the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives. As a six-term Congressman he was ranked by Georgetown University’s Lugar Center among the top 25 most bipartisan members of Congress.
He served in Congressional Leadership in addition to chairing three major Ways and Means Subcommittees. As Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman, he was a chief architect of the first major overhaul of the nation’s tax code in over three decades.
As Chairman of the Ways & Means Health Policy Subcommittee he authored several pieces of legislation which were included in landmark opioid relief legislation, which 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 chaired the US House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission supporting emerging democracies abroad and 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 co-chaired the Korea Caucus, the India Caucus and the Republican Israel Caucus. He sits on the Board of Directors for the National Endowment for Democracy and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.
He earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. In addition to twenty-five years of elected office, 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 and have four adult children.