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February 12, 2016

Speaker Peter Roskam? Mark Kirk Thinks So

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former whip team member and current senator has a No. 1 draft pick on the short list of names to ascend to the top of the House Republican Conference: Peter Roskam of Illinois.

Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., who spent a decade in the House, said in a wide-ranging interview with CQ Roll Call that he believes Roskam has what it takes to lead the party.

“My hope would be, yes,” Kirk said, when asked if Roskam, the chief deputy whip, one day would be speaker. “I think Petey has a great career ahead of him. I thought when he got elevated to the position, with the normal churning of leadership, that someday Roskam could be speaker.”

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Roskam is from the Land of Lincoln, home of three former speakers: Joseph Gurney Cannon, Henry Thomas Rainey and Dennis Hastert.

“I would certainly be very biased toward a speaker from Illinois,” Kirk said.

  • George Blumel

    “Petey’s” conservative voting record is way down there with liberal Dems –but not as bad as Kirk’s record. Both RINOs! See
    These self-serving representatives are responsible for the irresponsible spending that is loading debt on our children for their benefit today. Who needs Dems with Repubs like those two?

  • Socialism is Organized Evil

    Although democratic processes are usually found in states that enjoy morality, liberty, and prosperity, by no means are morality, liberty, and prosperity always present in states claiming democracy.

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