Former Congressman Peter Roskam Joins BakerHostetler To Lead Federal Policy Team

A six-term U.S. representative, Roskam held several leadership positions and was a chief architect of the 2017 federal tax code overhaul

Press Releases / January 17, 2023

Washington — Jan. 17, 2023

Key takeaways
  • Former U.S. Rep. Peter J. Roskam joins BakerHostetler’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner and leader of the firm’s Federal Policy team.
  • Roskam served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2019 and held several leadership roles, including chief deputy whip, chairman of three major subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee, and was a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
  • As chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, Roskam was a chief architect of the historic 2017 federal tax reform.
Why this matters

As a former six-term member of Congress holding multiple leadership positions, Roskam is well qualified to lead BakerHostetler’s highly regarded Federal Policy team, which provides clients with government affairs advocacy and lobbying services. The team helps clients assess their legislative and regulatory risks, leverage opportunities, and identify potential legislative champions. The Federal Policy team also represents clients in congressional oversight investigations.

The Federal Policy team has been recognized by Bloomberg Government as a top-performing lobbying group for multiple years. The New York Times called the team a “lobbying giant,” and Politico said the firm was a “law and lobbying powerhouse.”

Roskam succeeds former Rep. Mike Ferguson, who led the Federal Policy team from 2016 to 2022. BakerHostetler has a long history of former lawmakers leading its legislative practice group, including former Rep. Mike Oxley, the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

Roskam joins BakerHostetler from another AmLaw 100 firm, where he provided strategic counsel and guidance to clients on law, government, media and public policy.

Key quote

“We are thrilled to welcome Peter Roskam to BakerHostetler. Peter’s broad policy experience – including serving in the House leadership and as chairman of several of Ways and Means subcommittees – will provide our clients with valuable legislative insight and advocacy opportunities. Peter joins a strong group of professionals on the Federal Policy team, including former Capitol Hill veterans and executive branch officials, and he will fortify our reputation as a preeminent policy and lobbying firm in Washington,” said Paul Schmidt, BakerHostetler chairman.

About Roskam

While serving in Congress for 12 years, Roskam held several leadership roles, including chief deputy whip under then-Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. He also served separately as chairman of three subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee.

As chairman of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, Roskam played a leading role in the creation and enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the 2017 overhaul of the nation’s tax code. While he was chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Roskam began the Medicare Red Tape Relief Project. And as chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, he led efforts to increase supervision of the IRS and advocated for the overhaul of the IRS’s civil asset forfeiture program.

Roskam 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.

Roskam chaired the 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.

Prior to serving on Capitol Hill, Roskam represented Chicago’s western suburbs for 13 years in the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate. During that time, he also was in private practice.

Roskam received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and his B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Key quote

“Peter Roskam has distinguished himself in the areas of tax, health care, technology, financial services and congressional investigations,” said Jeffrey Paravano, chair of BakerHostetler’s Tax Practice Group and managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “He will be a terrific leader of our bipartisan Federal Policy team and a wonderful resource for our clients.”

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