Skip to comments.Roskam kicks off congressional campaign Monday (Search for Henry Hyde's Begins)
Posted on 05/15/2005 6:42:06 PM PDT by Kuksool
State Sen. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, will make official what he's been hinting at for weeks: He will run for Congress to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde.
Roskam, the Illinois Senate Republican whip and floor leader, scheduled his announcement for 10 a.m. Monday at the Main Street Recreation Center in Glen Ellyn.
Although Republican leaders have called Roskam the front-runner, he will have company on the ballot. Republicans J.P. "Rick" Carney of Wheaton, former DuPage County recorder; state Sen. Carole Pankau of Roselle; and former state Rep. Tom Johnson of West Chicago have declared or are exploring their candidacy for the open 6th Congressional District seat. Democrats Peter O'Malley of Wheaton and Christine Cegelis of Rolling Meadows also are candidates.
Roskam has been a senator since 2000, after serving six years in the Illinois House of Representatives. In the 1980s, he worked on Hyde's staff and on the staff of U.S. Rep Tom DeLay, R-Texas. He is a partner in the Wheaton law firm of Salvi, Roskam and Maher.
Echoes of "Me, too" will likely follow Roskam's declaration that he's running.
Last month, state Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Wheaton, said that if Roskam decides to run for Congress, he is "definitely interested in (Roskam's) seat."
State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, also predicted an office shuffle at that time.
"While it's early, and you have to see how the fields develop, I believe Randy Hultgren would have a good chance at succeeding Peter Roskam, as Peter Roskam would have a good chance at succeeding Henry Hyde," said Dillard, the DuPage County Republican Party chairman.
Will County Board member Chuck Maher, R-Naperville, has said he is exploring a run for Roskam's state Senate seat. DuPage County Board member John Noel, R-Glen Ellyn, also said he would be interested in state office if representatives in his area move up.
What can you tell us about Roskam? Having previously worked for Hyde and DeLAy, I assume he's a good conservative.