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Roskam Re-Elected to 6th Congressional District Seat

Peter Roskam wins the 2012 General Election in Illinois' 6th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) won re-election in Illinois' 6th Congressional District Tuesday over Leslie Coolidge after getting 30,864 more votes than the his challenger, with all precincts reporting

Roskam said he plans to be a part of turning the economy around, and his work on the House Ways and Means Committee will be a platform to do so.

"Our tax code is a disaster, and most Americans recognize that it’s a disaster," he said Tuesday at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. "And most Americans are very open to trying to reform the code."

He said the House will begin to put together a "very substantive" tax reform effort focused on making the U.S. tax code the most competitive in the world.

"If we do that we’ll be in a much better footing to compete with 95 percent of the world’s consumers outside of the U.S. and it’s an incredibly ripe opportunity."

Coolidge, a retired CPA from Barrington who focused on economic issues, Social Security and Medicare protection and fairer tax policies, said Tuesday she is thankful to her supporters for giving "so much energy" to her campaign.

"An awful lot of people put in an awful lot of hours and I really appreciate that," she said.

Roskam, the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the House as chief deputy whip, said his top priorities if re-elected would be to get the economy back on track and people back to work. As Congressman, he has served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives, according to its website.

He was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the more influential Republicans in Illinois and on Capitol Hill," with a focus on fundamental economic issues and the stature he developed as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and chief deputy whip.

The Daily Herald wrote Roskam has established himself as a "leader with influence," and is a player in "how Washington fixes economic challenges facing the country."

Roskam last week responded to the October Jobs Report that showed the unemployment rate in the United States rose to 7.9 percent.

"Today's jobs report underscores how fragile our so-called economic recovery has been under President Obama, and when you examine the policies of the past four years there is little wonder as to why," he said in a statement. "Our economy cannot grow under a wave of crushing new regulations, including a massive healthcare law that fails to lower costs and could cause millions of Americans to lose their current coverage.

"Americans cannot afford the next four years to look like the last four," he said.

Roskam, 51, graduated from the University of Illinois and spent his early career in the office of his mentor, Congressman Henry Hyde. He earned his J.D. from Kent College of Law and ran a nonprofit scholarship program for disadvantaged youths. He served as a state representative for Chicago's western suburbs from 1992-1998 and as a state senator senator from 2000-2006. 

The Illinois 6th Congressional District spans as far north as Cary and Lake Zurich south to Downers Grove.

He said in a statement that Republicans Tuesday regained control of the House of Representatives, speaking to the concern voters share for the direction of the country. 

"Time and again, I have heard from 6th District residents who fear that we are leaving our children and grandchildren a diminished future, saddled with over $16 trillion in debt, a stagnant economy and increased uncertainty," he said. 

“But I am an optimist, and the American people have always overcome the challenges before us. So for the next two years, we will continue to work turn the economy around as quickly as possible, to create jobs for the 23 million Americans currently unemployed, underemployed or who have simply given up looking for work. We will work to live within our means, reform the tax code, prevent the fiscal cliff, and create a better future for the next generation.”

Roskam currently lives in Wheaton with his wife, Elizabeth and four children, Gracey, Frankie, Steve and A.J.

J. Geoff Rove November 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
And Via Condios to the Biggerts ! The Dupage Workforce service recommends those losing their jobs consider truck driving. After CDL training, perhaps they will consider running a rig as a team ??
Pete Cole November 10, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Such a hateful comment Geoff. Thank you Congresswoman Biggert for your many years of dedicated service from the local school board, to state rep, to Congress. We appreciate all you and your family have given to the community.
J. Geoff Rove November 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Its the DuPay Co. Workforce Office employees that are hateful and insulting. How ironic that all the companies are moving back to Chicago. These companies seek only 20-something aged employees and those kids don't want to move or travel to DuPay County.
Christina November 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
ag - sorry I didn't reply to this earlier. I am going to call you out on this, and I expect honesty, because both you and I know exactly what you are. First, let's correct your comment, at face value: Christina, (you misspelled my name, and there should be a comma after my name) all you have to do is _______( okay,here is the part you need to clarify for us. What exactly did you mean by using 'axe' instead of ask? Don't try to tell us you mis-spelled 'ask'. You made what kind of an assumption, ag? And you did that because you are a ______, right? And I'll bet you are a coward, too. C-h-r-i-s-t-i-n-a
Matt McCann November 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Peter Roskam happens to be one of the most respected Members of Congress, I wish he was my rep but now I have stuck with Dr. Foster who is a big government liberal. Christina, he understands that government is NOT the answer to healthcare. Government run healthcare doesn't work in Canada, the UK or anywhere it has been tried. It produces mediocre care for everyone. There is a reason why there are waiting lists for procedures and surgeries. Vets in Canada have the most up to date equipment compared to humans where equipment is old and care is "free". Insurance companies are not "bad" but they are companies that manage "risk". When you take away the risk they cease to be able to manage anything. This is what the Democrat backed Obamacare wants, the insurance companies to be gone and a one pay government control system in place. Be happy you have Mr. Roskam and understand that the biggest issue we have is JOBS. People with money to invest create JOBS. Not government. When you take away the incentive to make profits and get a return on your investment you take away JOB CREATION. More jobs means more people paying taxes and having healthcare coverage through private insurance.

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