Growing up in Northwest Indiana, Pete Visclosky learned early on that hard work, a commitment to the community, and an eye on the future are principles that fueled Northwest Indiana's economic rise and made our country a land of opportunity.
Today, Pete uses these principles to guide his work representing the people of Indiana's First Congressional District. From its manufacturing industry to its fertile farmland, from its proximity to the great city of Chicago to its quaint small towns, its diversity is one of the First Congressional District's strongest assets. Please note that as a result of the recent U.S. Census, the First Congressional District now consists of Lake County, Porter County, and western La Porte County.
Pete knows the value of a strong local economy, and has worked to create more jobs, better opportunity, and a broader economic infrastructure in Northwest Indiana. He constantly is looking for ways to improve our communities by working with a multitude of organizations and public officials on a variety of projects. For example, Pete collaborated with Purdue University and public officials to create the Purdue Technology Center, which is home to cutting-edge companies engaged in the scientific and technological work that will lead our region into the future.
During these difficult budget times, Pete believes that tough decisions must be made for the future of our country and the next generation. All spending programs, including defense and entitlement programs, need to be put on the table, and at the same time, we must assess the fairness of our tax code. It is also important to invest in our nation by looking to improve our rapidly deteriorating public infrastructure. By investing in our roads, rails, bridges, and ports, we are actively developing our communities while laying the foundation for job creation.
Pete is the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus. He knows how important steel is to our community and has been a leading advocate on steel issues in Washington, D.C. On multiple occasions, Pete has testified before the International Trade Commission on behalf of fair-trade policies. He is also continuously meeting with local steelworkers to discuss the future of the industry and to see what can be done to fight for its workers.
As Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Pete has worked to lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy by boosting investment in renewable energy research. Pete also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Financial Services.
Pete was born in Gary, Indiana, and graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University Northwest and went on to receive a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master Degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University. Pete is married to Joanne Royce, and he has two sons, John and Timothy.