Wally Herger

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Wally Herger
Wally Herger.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 2
In office
1987-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
East Nicolaus School Board
Associate'sAmerican River Community College, 1967
BirthdayMay 20, 1945
Place of birthSutter County, CA
Wally Herger (b. May 20, 1945) was a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 2nd Congressional District from 1987 to 2013.

Having been redistricted to the the 1st Congressional District, Herger did not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Herger was a "moderate Republican leader."[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Herger's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1977-1980: East Nicolaus High School Board of Trustees
  • 1980-1986: California State Assembly
  • 1987-2013: U.S. Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House



Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Wally Herger endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Herger voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: California's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Having been redistricted to the the 1st Congressional District, Herger did not seek re-election in 2012.[6] Doug La Malfa (R) defeated Jim Reed (D) in the general election.


On November 2, 2010, Herger won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Reed in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, California District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWally Herger Incumbent 57.2% 130,837
     Democratic Jim Reed 42.8% 98,092
Total Votes 228,929

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Herger's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Herger won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Herger's campaign committee raised a total of $1,010,415 and spent $863,128.[8]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 2, 2010 - Wally Herger Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,010,415
Total Spent $863,128
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $137,554
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $135,635
Top contributors to Wally Herger's campaign committee
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$16,000
AFLAC Inc$10,000
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$85,300
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$72,000
Crop Production & Basic Processing$70,400
Health Services/HMOs$31,800


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Herger paid his congressional staff a total of $952,192 in 2011. He ranked 155th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 205th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[9]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Herger's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,956,018 and $12,115,000. That averages to $7,535,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[10]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Herger ranked 29th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[11]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Herger ranked 33rd in the conservative rankings.[12]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Wally Herger has voted with the Republican Party 94.4% of the time, which ranked 46 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[13]


Herger and his wife, Pamela, have nine children.

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Eugene Chappie
U.S. House - California District 2
Succeeded by
Jared Huffman