Peter Roskam

Hon. Peter Roskam

Partner, Sidley Austin

Peter Roskam, a former six-term U.S. Representative from Illinois, provides strategic counsel and guidance to clients whose business needs involve law, government, media and public policy. He also serves on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. Peter held some of the most significant positions in the U.S. House of Representatives during his tenure (2007–2019). In addition to serving in the House Leadership as the Chief Deputy Whip, he chaired three major subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, he was a chief architect of the historic 2017 overhaul of the nation’s tax code. As Chairman of Subcommittee on Health, he began the “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project,” led a series of hearings addressing the opioid crisis and authored several bills to make opioid addiction treatment more accessible. In addition, as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, he spearheaded efforts to increase supervision of the Internal Revenue Service and championed efforts to overhaul the IRS’s civil asset forfeiture program.

Peter also served on the House Financial Services Committee, including the Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and the Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology Subcommittee. He was a member of the Select Committee on Events surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya.

He chaired the U.S. House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission supporting emerging democracies abroad and co-chaired the Korea Caucus, the India Caucus, the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat Anti-Semitism and the Republican Israel Caucus.

Before his work on Capitol Hill in Washington, Peter represented Chicago’s western suburbs for 13 years in the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois State Senate where he developed a close working relationship with then-state Sen. Barack Obama. During his tenure in the state legislature he also was in the private practice of law in Illinois.