Tim Walberg

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Tim Walberg
Tim Walberg.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 7
In office
2007-2009, January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)2
PredecessorMark Schauer (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,583,923
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State House of Representatives
High schoolThornton Fractional Township North High School, Calumet, IL
Bachelor'sFort Wayne Bible College
Master'sWheaton College
Date of birthApril 12, 1951
Place of birthChicago, IL
Net worth$249,511
ReligionNon-Denominational Protestant
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.

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.


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]


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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Walberg serves on the following committees:[2]


Walberg served on the following House committees[3]:


Presidential preference


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

Tim Walberg endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Campaign themes


Walberg highlighted the four issues below on his campaign website.[6]

  • 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."[7]

  • 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."[8]

  • 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."[9]

  • 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."[10]



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.[11] 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.[12]

Tim Walberg, "Rep Walberg Discusses Solutions To High Gas Prices" [13]
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.[14] Walberg ranked 6th on the list.[14] 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.[14] According to the article, Schauer said that he will not run for a rematch because of the new map.[14]

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.[18]

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


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 .[19]


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.[20]


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.[21]

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.[22]

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 he 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.[23]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Walberg's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $64,022 and $435,000. This averages to $249,511, which is a 0.1064% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[24]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Walberg's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $50,023 and $401,000. That averages to $225,511.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[25]

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, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Walberg was ranked the 48th most conservative representative during 2012. That is the most conservative ranking earned by a representative of Michigan in 2012.[26]


According to the data released in 2012, Tim Walberg was ranked the 40th most conservative representative during 2011. This is the most conservative rating held by a representative of Michigan.[27]

Voting with party


Tim Walberg voted with the Republican Party 96.9% of the time, which ranked 125th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[28]


Walberg lives in Tipton, MI, with his wife of over 37 years, Sue. They have three grown children.[29]

Recent news

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External links


  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"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  4. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, Congressman Tim Walberg and Additional Michigan Leaders," February 8, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Tim Walberg "On the Issues," Accessed October 5, 2012
  7. Tim Walberg "Jobs," Accessed October 5, 2012
  8. Tim Walberg "Government Spending," Accessed October 5, 2012
  9. Tim Walberg "Affordable Healthcare," Accessed October 5, 2012
  10. Tim Walberg "Traditional Values," Accessed October 5, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  12. Associated Press primary results
  13. YouTube channel
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Walberg," Accessed May 16, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Tim Walberg 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Tim Walberg 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Tim Walberg," Accessed June 7 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Tim Walberg" Accessed April 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Tim Walberg"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Walberg, (R-Michigan), 2010"
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Walberg, (R-Michigan), 2010"
  26. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  29. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Schauer
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joe Schwarz
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 7
Succeeded by
Mark Schauer