Indiana (District: 1)
Peter John “Pete” Visclosky (born August 13, 1949) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana%27s_1st_congressional_district">Indiana’s 1st congressional district, serving since 1985. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party">Democratic Party and the Dean of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_delegations_from_Indiana">Indiana congressional delegation. The District lies in Northwest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana">Indiana and includes all of Lake, Newton, Jasper, and Benton counties, as well as a major portion of Porter County. Redistricting passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 changed the district’s boundaries, effective January 2013, to include all of Lake and Porter counties as well as the western and northwestern townships of LaPorte County, while shifting Benton, Newton, and Jasper counties out of the district. Much of the population is based in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Metropolitan_Area">Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Pete Visclosky proudly represents the First Congressional District of Indiana, which includes Lake, Porter, and parts of LaPorte Counties. Throughout his time in office, Pete has worked to improve the quality of life for everyone in Northwest Indiana by creating new job opportunities and attracting economic development to the region.
Pete is a leading advocate for major economic development projects in Northwest Indiana, including the recapitalization of the South Shore Rail Line, the Gary/Chicago International Airport, and the Marquette Plan, his lakeshore investment strategy. Pete is a member of the powerful http://democrats.appropriations.house.gov/">Appropriations Committee and serves as Ranking Member on the http://democrats.appropriations.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=19">Defense Subcommittee, where he works to protect America’s fighting men and women on the battlefield and when they return home. As a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, Pete has also worked to support investment in our national infrastructure—ports, harbors, and waterways—as well as protect our nuclear stockpile and encourage investments in energy technology to confront the energy crisis and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. In addition, Pete is affiliated with the following caucuses:
- http://visclosky.house.gov/legislative-work/congressional-steel-caucus">Congressional Steel Caucus (Vice Chairman)
- Congressional Buy American Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
- Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
- Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans
- Congressional Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
- Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
- http://www.house.gov/degette/diabetes/">Congressional Diabetes Caucus
- http://www.cfsi.org/govt_affairs/caucus.asp">Congressional Fire Caucus
- Congressional French Caucus
- Congressional Macedonian Caucus
- Congressional National Parks Caucus
- Congressional Serbian Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Congressional Slovak Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Friends of Switzerland Caucus
- http://mikethompson.house.gov/WineCaucus/">Congressional Wine Caucus
- Congressional Wire and Wire Products Caucus
- http://reichert.house.gov/Biography/lawenforcementcaucus.htm">Law Enforcement Caucus
Furthermore, Pete is a member of the Great Lakes Task Force.
Pete was born in Gary, Indiana, and graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University Northwest, a Juris Doctoris from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. Pete is married to Joanne Royce, and has two sons, John and Tim.