Bachelor, University Illinois, 1983. Juris Doctor, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1989.
Teacher All Saints High School, St. Thomas, 1984-1985. Legislation assistant to Republican Tom Delay United States Congress, Washington, 1985-1986, legal assistant to Republican Henry Hyde, 1986-1987. Executive director Educational Assistance Ltd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 1987-1993.
Partner Salvi & Roskam, Wheaton, 1994—2006. Member Illinois General Assembly from District 40, Springfield, 1993—1999, Illinois State Senate from District 20, 2000—2006, United States Congress from 6th Illinois district, since 2007, member finance services committee. Legislation chairman Illinois State Crime Commission.
Married Elizabeth Andrea Gracey, June 18, 1988. Children: Gracey, James (deceased), Frances, Stephen, Alec.