Illinois' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Peter Roskam Republican Party
Peter J. Roskam.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Peter Roskam (R), who was first elected in 2006. He won re-election with 60% of the vote in 2012. He ran unopposed for the nomination in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 2, 2013
March 18, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Illinois is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by February 18, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 7, 2014.[5]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Peter Roskam (R), who was first elected in 2006.

Illinois' 6th Congressional District includes parts of DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Lake counties.[6]


General election candidates

March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[8] Roskam joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[9][10]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Peter Roskam voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Peter Roskam voted for HR 2775.[15]


Bid for majority whip

In June 2014, Roskam launched a bid for majority whip. He was up against Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), who also announced bids for the position.[16][17] The whip post became open when Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was successful in his bid to succeed Eric Cantor as majority leader.[18] Roskam was defeated by Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Campaign contributions

Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$1,043,239.33$267,048.94$(289,598.00)$1,020,690.27
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$10,020,690.27$477,855.16$(606,237.09)$892,308.34
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$892,308.34$559,518.70$(305,617.68)$1,146,209.36
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$1,146,209$457,953$(550,603)$1,053,558
Pre-Primary[23]March 6, 2014$1,053,558$112,285$(141,053)$1,024,791
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$1,024,791$339,188$(274,291)$1,089,688
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 6th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Peter Roskam was re-elected in the district.[25]

U.S. House, Illinois District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Roskam Incumbent 59.2% 193,138
     Democratic Leslie Coolidge 40.8% 132,991
Total Votes 326,129
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Peter Roskam won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Benjamin S. Lowe (D) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Illinois District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Roskam incumbent 63.6% 114,456
     Democratic Benjamin S. Lowe 36.4% 65,379
Total Votes 179,835

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
  5. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  7. Illinois Election Division, "Michael Mason," accessed December 2, 2013
  8. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Breitbart, "Hensarling Bows Out Of Majority Leader Race, Stuzman Launches Whip Bid," accessed June 12, 2014
  17. Politico, "The battle to become whip," accessed June 16, 2014
  18. Politico, "Lynn Westmoreland, Pete Sessions weigh whip bid," accessed June 16, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  25. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013