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Tim Walberg
Tim Walberg.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 7
Incumbent
In office
2007-2009, January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position (current service)3
Years in position (previous service)2
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMark Schauer (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.72 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,583,923
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State House of Representatives
1983-1998
Education
High schoolThornton Fractional Township North High School, Calumet, IL
Bachelor'sFort Wayne Bible College
Master'sWheaton College
Personal
BirthdayApril 12, 1951
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionMinister
Net worth$201,009
ReligionNon-Denominational Protestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy Lee "Tim" Walberg (b. April 12, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 7th Congressional District. He was first elected to the House in 2006.

Walberg most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated Kurt R. Haskell (D), Ken Proctor (L) and Richard Wunsch (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Walberg began his political career in the Michigan House of Representatives. He served in that position from 1983 to 1998.

Walberg is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Walberg is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Walberg was born in 1951 in Chicago, IL. After attending the Moody Bible College Institute in Chicago, he went on to earn his B.S. from Fort Wayne Bible College in 1975 and his M.A. from Wheaton College in 1978. Prior to his political career, Walberg was a minister.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Walberg's political career:[1]

  • 1983-1998: Michigan State House of Representatives
  • 2007-2009, 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, 7th Congressional District of Michigan

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Walberg serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Walberg served on the following House committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Walberg's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Walberg voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Walberg voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Walberg voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Walberg voted against HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Walberg voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Walberg voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[25]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Tim Walberg endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]

Campaign themes

2012

Walberg highlighted the four issues below on his campaign website.[27]

  • Jobs & Economic Growth

Excerpt: "Tim has fought to encourage job creation as he worked to stop tax increases, rein in federal government spending, make health care more affordable and accessible, encourage educational excellence and worker training, and provide families and small businesses with across-the-board tax relief to encourage hard work and investment."[28]

  • Government Spending

Excerpt: "Tim Walberg believes government must live within its means and believes politicians need to stop digging our nation deeper into debt. Tim has received the “Taxpayers Hero” Award from Citizens Against Government Waste, and has worked diligently with his House colleagues to stop mortgaging America's future through unsustainable spending."[29]

  • Affordable Healthcare

Excerpt: "Tim Walberg supports increasing the choice of doctors by encouraging patient centered care and opposes replacing a high health insurance bill with an even bigger tax bill."[30]

  • Traditional Values

Excerpt: "Tim Walberg has and will defend America’s traditional values that serve as the backbone of our country. As a father and grandfather, Tim will continue working to preserve the ideal that marriage is between one man and one woman. Just as he believes in the sanctity of marriage, so too does Tim believe wholeheartedly in the sanctity of life. Every person, no matter how small, has the right to life, and Tim has fought long and hard to preserve that most basic of rights."[31]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Walberg is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Michigan's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Walberg won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 7th District.[32] He defeated Dan Davis in the August 7 Republican primary. He then defeated Kurt R. Haskell (D), Ken Proctor (L) and Richard Wunsch (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]


Tim Walberg, "Rep Walberg Discusses Solutions To High Gas Prices"[34]
U.S. House, Michigan District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kurt R. Haskell 43% 136,849
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg Incumbent 53.3% 169,668
     Libertarian Ken Proctor 2.5% 8,088
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.1% 3,464
Total Votes 318,069
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Michigan's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg Incumbent 76% 45,590
Dan Davis 24% 14,386
Total Votes 59,976

District 7

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[35] Walberg ranked 6th on the list.[35] The article notes that Walberg lost the district to centrist Mark Schauer (D) in 2008. He then beat Schauer in a rematch by 5 points in 2010. The redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, made sure to cut Schauer’s home base out of the district and made it a few points more Republican.[35] According to the article, Schauer said that he will not run for a rematch because of the new map.[35]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Walberg is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Walberg raised a total of $6,583,923 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[39]

Tim Walberg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 7) Won $1,533,549
2010 US House (Michigan, District 7) Won $1,678,049
2008 US House (Michigan, District 7) Defeated $2,112,214
2006 US House (Michigan, District 7) Won $1,260,111
Grand Total Raised $6,583,923

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walberg’s reports.[40]

Tim Walberg (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$276,102.77$116,667.25$(65,297.58)$327,472.44
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$327,472.44$16,142.01$(489,414.45)$434,543.80
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$434,543.80$212,363.48$(76,746.81)$570,160.47
Year-End[44]January 31, 2014$570,160.47$220,261.89$(61,873.75)$728,548.61
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$728,548.61$191,466.07$(83,343.70)$836,670.98
Running totals
$756,900.7$(776,676.29)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Walberg's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Walberg won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Walberg's campaign committee raised a total of $1,533,550 and spent $1,309,735 .[46]

Cost per vote

Walberg spent $7.72 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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

Walberg won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Walberg's campaign committee raised a total of $1,678,049 and spent $1,647,379.[47]

U.S. House, Michigan District 7, 2010 - Tim Walberg Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,678,049
Total Spent $1,647,379
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $3,255,382
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $3,261,651
Top contributors to Tim Walberg's campaign committee
Associated Builders & Contractors$17,750
Ervin Industries$14,400
Amway/Alticor Inc$12,200
Valente & Assoc$12,200
CMS Energy$11,550
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$154,921
Retired$131,424
Republican/Conservative$69,570
Real Estate$66,800
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$53,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Walberg is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Walberg most often votes with:

Walberg least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Walberg missed 54 of 3,571 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Mar 2013, which is 1.5% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Walberg paid his congressional staff a total of $828,419 in 2011. He ranked 65th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 73rd overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Walberg's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $67,018 and $355,000. That averages to $201,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Walberg ranked as the 344th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Tim Walberg Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$201,009-19.44%
2011$249,51110.64%
2010$225,511.50N/A

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Walberg was ranked the 48th most conservative representative during 2012. That is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Michigan in 2012.[53]

2011

Walberg was ranked the 40th most conservative representative during 2011. This is the most conservative rating held by a representative of Michigan.[54]

Voting with party

2013

Walberg voted with the Republican Party 96.9% of the time, which ranked 125th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

Personal

Walberg lives in Tipton, MI, with his wife of over 37 years, Sue. They have three grown children.[56]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Tim Walberg" accessed December 23, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" accessed December 23, 2011
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, Congressman Tim Walberg and Additional Michigan Leaders," February 8, 2012
  27. Tim Walberg "On the Issues," accessed October 5, 2012
  28. Tim Walberg "Jobs," accessed October 5, 2012
  29. Tim Walberg "Government Spending," accessed October 5, 2012
  30. Tim Walberg "Affordable Healthcare," accessed October 5, 2012
  31. Tim Walberg "Traditional Values," accessed October 5, 2012
  32. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  33. Associated Press primary results
  34. YouTube channel
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" accessed April 17, 2012
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Walberg," accessed May 16, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg Summary Report," accessed July 30, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Tim Walberg 2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Tim Walberg 2010 Election Cycle," accessed December 23, 2011
  48. GovTrack, "Tim Walberg," accessed June 7 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Tim Walberg," accessed August 6, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Tim Walberg" accessed April 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Tim Walberg"
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Walberg, (R-MI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  53. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. Official House Site "Biography," accessed December 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Schauer
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 7
2011-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Joe Schwarz
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 7
2007-2009
Succeeded by
Mark Schauer