Peter Visclosky

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Peter Visclosky ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Peter Visclosky has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana's First Congressional District since 1984. His district lies in northwest Indiana and includes all of Lake, Newton, Jasper and Benton counties as well as a major portion of Porter County.


Record and controversies

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PMA Investigation

Similarly to John Murtha, Visclosky is being investigated for his ties to PMA Group. The FBI raided the lobbying firm in November 2008, trying to uncover improper campaign contributions to members of Congress. Visclosky is one of the top three receipients of campaign contributions from the firm and its clients. Also, Visclosky helped secure more than $23 million in earmarks in 2008 for clients of PMA Group.[1] Visclosky returned more than $18,000 in campaign contributions to the firm in March 2009. Despite the fact that Visclosky has not reported any legal fees in 2009, Visclosky's campaign wrote a letter to the Federal Election Commission asking for permission to use campaign funds for legal expenses that may arise from the FBI's investigation.[2]

Iraq War

Visclosky voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[3]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal



Visclosky was born August 13, 1949, in Gary, Indiana and is serving his ninth term. He was educated at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and was a lawyer and staff member of the House of Representatives before entering the House. This is his first elected office.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Mark J. Leyva to face Visclosky in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Visclosky retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Indiana superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Peter Visclosky, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Positions and Views

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
MacAndrews & Forbes$ 30,550
Boeing Co$ 20,700
Harris Corp$ 18,500
Van Scoyoc Assoc$ 12,594
General Electric$ 11,000
Ironworkers Union$ 10,250
American Council of Engineering Cos$ 10,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
Babcock & Wilcox$ 10,000
BAE Systems$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Peter Visclosky
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Caucuses and Coalitions

  • Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus
  • Congressional Children's Working Group
  • Congressional Firefighters Caucus
  • Congressional Hellenic Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Health Caucus
  • Vice Chair, Congressional Steel Caucus
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus
  • Great Lakes Task Force
  • Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition
  • Public Pension Reform Caucus
  • Smoking Task Force
  • Women's Issues Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Peter Visclosky. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2256 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2461 Fax: 202-225-2493
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District offices
  • 701 East 83rd Avenue, Suite 9 Merrilville, IN 46410
    Ph: 219-795-1844 Fax: (none entered)
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