Pete Visclosky proudly represents the First Congressional District of Indiana, which includes Lake County, Porter County, and portions of LaPorte County. Throughout his time in office, Pete has fought to strengthen our local steel industry and manufacturing base. He also has worked with federal, state and local interests to support transformative, intergenerational projects that will enhance the strong economic infrastructure of Northwest Indiana. Further, as a leader on national security issues, Pete understands our nation’s responsibility to provide for our active military service members and veterans.
As a member of the Congressional Steel Caucus, Pete has been leading efforts to ensure that our steelworkers are able to continue to make the best steel in the world. He knows that manufacturing and the steel industry are the foundation of the Northwest Indiana economy. Pete supports collective bargaining for our workers and fights against bad trade deals and countries who break our trade laws.
Pete also is a leading advocate for major economic development projects in Northwest Indiana, including the recapitalization and expansion of the South Shore Rail Line, a regional bus service, the Gary/Chicago International Airport, and the Marquette Plan, his strategy to open up public access to our Lake Michigan shoreline.
In the 116th Congress, Pete serves as a member of the Appropriations Committee and is the Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee, where he works to keep our nation safe, protect America’s brave men and women in uniform, and preserve our defense industrial base. He is also a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee, where he works to support investments in our national water-related infrastructure, including our ports, harbors, and waterways.
Born in Gary, Indiana, Pete is a life-long resident of Northwest Indiana. Pete graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville. He then 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.