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Peter J. Roskam
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorHenry J. Hyde (R)
Leadership
Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States House of Representatives
2011-Present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.14 in 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$11,763,266
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois Senate, 20th/48th district
2000-2007
Illinois House of Representatives, 40th district
1993-1998
Education
High schoolGlenbard West High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D.Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 13, 1961
Place of birthHinsdale, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney, Political Assistant
Net worth$1,063,526
ReligionAnglican Mission in America
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Peter J. Roskam campaign logo
Peter James Roskam (b. September 13, 1961, in Hinsdale, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Roskam was elected by voters from Illinois' 6th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006.[1]

Roskam won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Roskam previously was a member of the Illinois State Senate from 2000 to 2007 and the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998.[1]

The House Ethics Committee announced in early September 2013 that it would continue investigations into three lawmakers, including Roskam.[3] The committee did not take the extra step of creating special investigative committees to pursue the inquiries.[3] A preliminary investigation found that Roskam and his wife accepted a trip to Taiwan in 2011 worth about $25,000 that was organized and conducted by the government of Taiwan, and could constitute an “impermissible gift.”[3]

Roskam is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Roskam is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Roskam was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. [1] 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, Roskam served as a staffer for his predecessor, Rep. Henry Hyde. [1]

Career

  • 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

2013-2014

Roskam serves on the following committees:[5]

2007-2008

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

Controversy

House Ethics Committee investigation

The House Ethics Committee announced in early September 2013 that it would continue investigations into three lawmakers, including Roskam.[3] The committee did not take the extra step of creating special investigative committees to pursue the inquiries.[3]

An investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics found that Roskam and his wife accepted a trip to Taiwan in 2011 worth about $25,000 that was organized and conducted by the government of Taiwan and could constitute an “impermissible gift.”[3]

Official travel rules prohibit lawmakers from accepting trips from foreign governments, unless they are allowed under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, known as Mecea. The report also found, “because Representative Roskam’s wife traveled with him to Taiwan, the trip could not have been conducted under Mecea.”[3]

Roskam responded to the investigation by saying that he believed that the trip was being financed by the Chinese Culture University, but the ethics office report found that it was organized and paid for by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, which it described as “Taiwan’s de facto embassy.”[3]

When the allegations first arose up in July 2013, Roskam’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Kittredge, said the congressman “fully complied with all laws, rules and procedures related” to the Taiwan trip, adding that his trip “was vetted and approved by the House Ethics Committee.”[3]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Roskam's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Roskam voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Roskam voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Roskam voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Roskam voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11] Roskam voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[13] 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. Roskam voted for HR 2775.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Roskam voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Roskam voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Roskam voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Roskam voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Roskam voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Roskam is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Illinois' 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Roskam won re-election in the November election.[16] Roskam was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 6th District. Roskam ran on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, and the primary took place on March 20, 2012.

Roskam ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. He defeated Leslie Coolidge in the general election on November 6, 2012. Coolidge defeated candidates Geoffrey Petzel and Maureen Yates in the Democratic primary.[2]

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

2010

On November 2, 2010, Peter Roskam won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Benjamin S. Lowe (D) in the general election.[17]

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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roskam is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Roskam raised a total of $11,763,266 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[21]

Peter Roskam's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 6) Won $3,277,931
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 6) Won $2,381,858
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 6) Won $2,659,880
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 6) Won $3,443,597
Grand Total Raised $11,763,266

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Roskam's reports.[22]


Peter Roskam (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$1,043,239.33$267,048.94$(289,598.00)$1,020,690.27
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$10,020,690.27$477,855.16$(606,237.09)$892,308.34
October Quarterly[25]October 13, 2013$892,308.34$559,518.70$(305,617.68)$1,146,209.36
Year-end[26]January 31, 2014$1,146,209$457,953$(550,603)$1,053,558
Running totals
$1,762,375.8$(1,752,055.77)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Roskam's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Roskam won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Roskam's campaign committee raised a total of $3,277,931 and spent $3,406,887.[27] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[28]

Cost per vote

Roskam spent $2.14 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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 .[29]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 6th Congressional District, 2010 - Peter Roskam Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,381,858
Total Spent $1,251,223
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $66,632
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $63,300
Top contributors to Peter Roskam's campaign committee
Goldman Sachs$20,600
Edison International$19,400
Performance Trust Capital Partners$16,800
Morey Corp$16,700
Exelon Corp$15,300
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$148,550
Insurance$132,188
Retired$108,750
Health Professionals$86,050
Lawyers/Law Firms$68,650

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Roskam is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 16, 2013.[30]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[31]

Roskam most often votes with:

Roskam least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Roskam ranked 150th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[32]

2011

Roskam ranked 87th in the liberal rankings.[33]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Peter J. Roskam has voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 117th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[34]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Roskam missed 118 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.3%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[35]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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 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.[36]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Roskam is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Roskam's staff was given an apparent $3,068.50 in bonus money.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Roskam's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $475,053 and $1,652,000. That averages to $1,063,526, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 2.21% from 2010.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[39]

Personal

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

Awards received

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

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Peter Roskam Serving the Sixth District of Illinois "Biography" Accessed November 1, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 NY Times, "House Ethics Panel Continues Inquiries of 3 Lawmakers," accessed September 12, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Roskam for Congress "Meet Peter" Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Peter Roskam Key Votes," accessed October 10, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  21. Open Secrets "Peter Roskam" Accessed April 5, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Peter Roskam 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  27. Open Secrets "Peter Roskam 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Peter Roskam 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  30. Gov Track "Roskam" Accessed June 16, 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Rep. Peter Roskam," Accessed August 1, 2013
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Peter Roskam," Accessed April 1, 2013
  36. LegiStorm "Peter Roskam"
  37. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Roskam(R-Ill), 2011"
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Roskam, (R-Illinois), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Hyde
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois' District 6
2007–present
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Illinois State Senate - District 20/District 48
2000–2007
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Preceded by
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Illinois House of Representatives - District 40
1993–1998
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