Peter Roskam

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Peter J. Roskam
Peter J. Roskam.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 6
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 8
Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States House of Representatives
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2006
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois Senate, 20th/48th district
Illinois House of Representatives, 40th district
High schoolGlenbard West High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D.Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1961
Place of birthHinsdale, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney, Political Assistant
ReligionAnglican Mission in America
Office website
Campaign website
Peter J. Roskam campaign logo
Peter James Roskam (b. September 13, 1961) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Roskam was elected by voters from Illinois' 6th congressional district. Roskam ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Roskam is a "moderate Republican leader".[2]


Roskam was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. [3] Roskam graduated from Glenbard West High School, where he was a varsity athlete and school leader. Later, after graduating from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Institute of Technology Law School, Peter served as a staffer for his predecessor, Congressman Henry Hyde. [3]


  • 1993-1998:Illinois House of Representatives, 40th district [4]
  • 2000-2007:Illinois Senate, 20th/48th district[4]
  • 2007-Present: United States House of Representatives, Illinois' 6th Congressional District
    • 2011-Present: Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


In the 2007-2008 Congress, Roskam served on the following committees:

  • House Financial Services Committee
  • Capital Markets subcommittee
  • Insurance subcommittee
  • Government-Sponsored Enterprises subcommittee
  • Domestic and International Monetary Policy subcommittee
  • Trade and Technology subcommittee
  • Oversight and Investigations subcommittee


In the 2011-2012 Congress, Roskam served on the following committees:



In 1998, Roskam lost a bid for the 13th congressional district Republican nomination to Judy Biggert 42% to Biggert's 45%.[5]


Peter Roskam defeated Iraq-war veteran Tammy Duckworth 51% to 49% to succeed Henry Hyde as congressman of the 6th congressional district.[6]


Peter was re-elected to Congress in 2008, overcoming opponent Jill Morgenthaler 59% to 42%.[7]


On November 2, 2010, Roskam won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Benjamin S. Lowe (D) in the general election.[8]

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


See also: Illinois' 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Roskam won re-election in the November election.[9] Roskam was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 6th District. Roskam had sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Roskam ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. He will face Leslie Coolidge in the general election on November 6, 2012. Coolidge defeated candidates Geoffrey Petzel and Maureen Yates in the Democratic primary.[1]

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"

Campaign donors


Peter Roskam (2012)[10] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[11]April 6, 2012$1,927,587.49$17,202.42$(153,168.51)$1,944,621.40
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$1,944,621.40$176,554.76$(137,792.93)$1,983,383.23
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$1,983,383.23$412,531.15$(747,767.38)$1,648,147
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$1,648,147$536,387.08$(882,638.85)$1,301,895.23
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Roskam's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Roskam won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Roskam's campaign committee raised a total of $2,381,858 and spent $1,251,223 .[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Roskam paid his congressional staff a total of $802,755 in 2011. He ranks 51st on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 58th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Roskam's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $491,046 and $1,590,000. That averages to $1,040,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Peter J. Roskam voted with the Republican Party 94 of the time, which ranked 49 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]

Awards Received

Americans for Tax Reform honored him with a “Hero of the Taxpayer” award in 2005.


Peter now lives in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth, and their four children, Gracey, Frankie, Steve, and AJ.[4]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Hyde
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois' District 6
Succeeded by