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Tim Walz
Tim Walz.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 1
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 8
PredecessorGil Gutknecht (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,168,451
Term limitsN/A
High schoolButte High School, Butte, NE
Bachelor'sChadron State College, Chadron, NE
Master'sMinnesota State University
Military service
Service/branchMinnesota National Guard
Years of service1996-2005
Service branchNebraska National Guard
Years of service1981-1996
Date of birthApril 6, 1964
Place of birthWest Point, NE
Net worth$52,002
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy James "Tim" Walz (b. April 6, 1964, in West Point, Nebraska) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 1st congressional district. Walz was first elected to the House in 2006. He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Walz is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Walz was born in 1964 in West Point, NE. After graduating from public high school in Butte, NE, Walz went on to earn his B.S at Chadron State College and his M.S. at Minnesota State University in 1989 and 2001, respectively, having also attended Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to his political career, Walz worked as a school teacher. He also served in the Army National Guard, and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Walz's professional and political career[2]:

  • Nebraska Army National Guard, 1981-1996
  • Minnesota National Guard, 1996-2005
  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District of Minnesota, 2007-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Walz serves on the following committees:[3]


Walz served on the following House committees[4]:


Specific votes

Rep. Walz voted for the stimulus bill.[5] A total of 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). Only 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [6]

Walz also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[7] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[8]

Walz supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[9] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. Only 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[10]

Finally, Walz voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[11] A total of 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. Only 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. A total of 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[12]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Walz 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 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]

Campaign themes


  • Tackling the Debt

Excerpt: "Tim believes we need to confront the national debt in a responsible way that does not harm the economy. By taking a balanced approach that includes cutting wasteful programs, finding more efficiency, closing tax loopholes and bringing more fairness to our tax system, we can responsibly and collectively solve our debt problem."[14]

Time Walz, "Goals"
  • The Walz Bipartisan Energy Plan

Excerpt: "The plan increases offshore oil drilling in the short term in a responsible way, and invests the royalty payments made by oil companies for the new offshore drilling to fund renewable energy research, infrastructure renewal, conservation, and environmental restoration – all without raising taxes."[15]

  • Revitalizing Our Economy to Work for Middle Class Families

Excerpt: "Tim has fully supported the growth and protection of the backbone of our economy: the middle class. It’s imperative we grow our economy and allow small-businesses the ability to create and expand jobs. This, along with putting money directly in middle class family’s pockets who will spend it at their grocery stores or use it to fix their homes, will help us tackle our long-term debt."[16]

  • Walz Jobs Plan

Excerpt: "There are three critical components to Walz’s jobs plan: Tax credits, tax cuts, access to capital, and incentives for hiring; Investments in infrastructure; Stabilizing energy costs, investing in rural America’s next big industry."[17]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[18] For more information pertaining to Walz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[19]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[20]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[20][21]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[21]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."[21]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Walz was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[21]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Walz voted in support of 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.[22]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" walz voted in opposition of 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 and was largely along party lines.[22]


2013 Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" The comprehensive farm bill failed in the House due largely in part to the votes of 8 Democratic House members who joined the Republican majority to vote down the measure.[23] Reps. Collin Peterson, John Barrow, Bishop, Cheri Bustos, Sean Maloney, Mike McIntyre, Bill Owens, and Walz were the 8 Democratic members who voted to reject the bill.[23] According to analysis by OpenSecrets, many of these Democratic members have received significant political contributions from agricultural organizations that benefit from crop insurance subsidies.[23] Five of the eight are on the House Agriculture Committee--Peterson, Bustos, Maloney, McIntyre, and Walz-- from which agribusiness firms routinely target committee members with sizable contributions.[23]

Voted "No" Walz voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[24] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[25]


Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Walz voted against 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.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Walz has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[28]

Social issues

Violence Against Women Act

Voted "Yes" Walz voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which provides aid to prosecute cases of violent acts against women and men.[29]


Voted "No" Walz voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[30]



See also: Minnesota's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Walz won re-election in 2012.[31][32] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Allen Quist defeated State Sen. Mike Parry in the August 14, 2012 Republican primary and Republican Allen Quist in the November general election.[33]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walz Incumbent 57.5% 193,211
     Republican Allen Quist 42.3% 142,164
     NA Write-in 0.2% 505
Total Votes 335,880
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


Walz was endorsed by the individuals and organizations below for the 2012 election.[34]

  • General Wes Clark
  • Vice President Walter F. Mondale
  • Governor Mark Dayton
  • Senator Max Cleland (GA)
  • Senator John Kerry (MA)
  • Senator Bob Kerrey (NE)
  • AFL-CIO MN Committee on Political Education
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • DFL Veterans Caucus
  • Education Minnesota
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Joint Council 32-Teamsters
  • National Education Association
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Rifle Association
  • VFW Political Action Committee
  • Sierra Club
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • National Farmers Union
  • The National Treasury Employees Union

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Walz is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Walz raised a total of $8,168,451 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[38]

Tim Walz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 1) Won $1,975,606
2010 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 1) Won $2,163,759
2008 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 1) Won $2,729,819
2006 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 1) Won $1,299,267
Grand Total Raised $8,168,451


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walz's reports.[39]

Tim Walz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]4/15/2013$63,236.95$100,367.00$(77,208.40)$86,395.55
July Quarterly[41]7/15/2013$86,395.55$202,712.02$(115,229.90)$173,877.67
Running totals


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

Walz won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Walz' campaign committee raised a total of $1,975,606 and spent $1,930,831.[42]

Cost per vote

Walz spent $10.00 per vote received in 2012.


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

Walz won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Walz's campaign committee raised a total of $2,163,759 and spent $2,175,826.[43]


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.[44]

Walz most often votes with:

Walz least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Walz is a "moderate Democratic leader," as of May 31, 2013[45]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Walz missed 45 of 5,229 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[46]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Walz paid his congressional staff a total of $973,195 in 2011. He ranked 60th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 232nd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranked 26th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

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, Walz' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$265,991 and $369,996. This averages to $52,002, which is a -0.7899% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232.16 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[48]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Walz's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-102,992 and $597,996. That averages to $247,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[49]

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, Walz was ranked the 150th most liberal representative during 2012.[50]


According to the data released in 2012, Tim Walz was ranked the 161st most liberal representative during 2011.[51]

Percentage voting with party

November 2013

Tim Walz voted with the Democratic Party 89.1% of the time, which ranked 176th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Tim + Walz + Minnesota + Legislature

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Walz and his wife, Gwen (nee Whipple) live in Mankato, MN, with their two children.[53]

External links


  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Tim Walz" Accessed December 3, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
  5. US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
  6. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  7. US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
  8. Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
  9. US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
  10. Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
  11. US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
  12. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  13. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  14. Time Walz "Debt," October 9, 2012
  15. Time Walz "Energy," October 9, 2012
  16. Tim Walz "Debt," October 9, 2012
  17. Time Walz "Jobs Plan," October 9, 2012
  18. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  19. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tim Walz's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 25, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Open Secrets "Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit from Contributions" Accessed July 19, 2013
  24. Vote Smart, "Walz on Farm Bill 2013", accessed September 25, 2013
  25. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  26. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tim Walz's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 25, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Tim Walz's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 25, 2013
  29. On the Issues, "Walz on Civil Rights", accessed September 11, 2013
  30. Project Vote Smart, "Walz on abortion," accessed September 25, 2013
  31. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  32. CBS Minnesota "Walz Raises $210,000 For Re-Election Fight" Accessed February 7, 2012
  33. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  34. Time Walz "Endorsements," October 9, 2012
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Tim Walz" Accessed May 16, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission "Walz 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  40. FEC "April Quarterly, Walz 2013," Accessed July 18, 2013
  41. [http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/970/13964071970/13964071970.pdf#navpanes=0 FEC "July Quarterly, Walz 2013," Accessed July 18, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Tim Walz 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
  44. OpenCongress, "Tim Walz," Accessed August 5, 2013
  45. Gov Track "Tim Walz," Accessed June 11, 2012
  46. GovTrack, "Tim Walz" Accessed April 2013
  47. LegiStorm "Tim Walz"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Walz, (D-Minnesota), 2011"
  49. OpenSecrets.org, "Walz, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
  50. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  53. Official House Site "About Tim," Accessed December 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Gil Gutknecht
U.S. House of Representatives - Minneosta District 1
Succeeded by