Peter Roskam: Tax Reform‏

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R, Illinois 6th District)…

It’s been a busy and exciting last week for Congressman Roskam. On Thursday, he spoke about the future of comprehensive pro-growth tax reform at National Journal’s Tax Reform Summit with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

ROSKAM: “…you can’t defend the status-quo. It doesn’t make any sense to defend elements within our own tax code that lock capital overseas. We want the United States to be the place where research and development facilities are growing…”

Also, last week, the Washington Post wrote a profile about Rep. Roskam’s role in Congress. You can read excerpts from the profile below, or read the entire article by clicking here.

The man just below Cantor and McCarthy on the leadership ladder, House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.), is a few years older, less well-known and has no intention of writing a book anytime soon.

But while Roskam earns less ink than his colleagues, he serves as a calming, drama-free influence at the leadership table, and in those sometimes tense meetings where rank-and-file lawmakers are persuaded to vote with the team.

“Roskam, 50, is prominent in the media back home in Chicago — he sometimes serves as a guest host on a major Windy City conservative radio station. In Washington, he is active on the Ways and Means Committee, pushing one bill to permanently cap tax rates on capital gains and dividends and soon to unveil another that would root out waste and fraud in the Medicare program.

As chief deputy whip — an unelected but important slot in the leadership hierarchy — Roskam does most of his work behind closed doors. He likens his job to that of “a listener in chief.”

While Roskam is respected, he is not seen as anyone’s rival. Neither McCarthy nor the leaders above him lie awake at night worrying that Roskam is plotting to steal their jobs.

“He just has a really nice way about him that’s non-threatening,” said Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio), who is close to Roskam.

Another friend, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), attributed the lack of intrigue surrounding Roskam to the fact that “everybody trusts him.”

“You meet people up here where you wonder if they have a hidden agenda,” Diaz-Balart said. “Roskam’s a guy — you know where he stands.”

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