|U.S. House, Minnesota, District 1|
|January 3, 2007-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Butte High School, Butte, NE|
|Bachelor's||Chadron State College, Chadron, NE|
|Master's||Minnesota State University|
|Service/branch||Minnesota National Guard|
|Years of service||1996-2005|
|Service branch||Nebraska National Guard|
|Years of service||1981-1996|
|Birthday||April 6, 1964|
|Place of birth||West Point, NE|
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- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Walz's professional and political career:
- Nebraska Army National Guard, 1981-1996
- Minnesota National Guard, 1996-2005
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District of Minnesota, 2007-Present
U.S. House of Representatives
Walz serves on the following House committees:
- Agriculture Committee
- Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Walz supported the "Cap and Trade" bill. 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. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.
Finally, Walz voted in favor of the health care reform bill. 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.
Walz is seeking re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Allen Quist defeated State Sen. Mike Parry in the August 14, 2012 Republican primary. Walz will square off against Republican Allen Quist in the November general election.
Walz has been endorsed by the individuals and organizations below.
- 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
Walz released his first campaign ad on September 24, 2012.
Time Walz, "Goals"
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
|Tim Walz (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$617,176.28||$217,744.61||$(126,661.69)||$708,259.20|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$708,259.20||$237,921.02||$(137,536.18)||$808,644.04|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2012||$808,909.98||$292,513.36||$(312,042.56)||$789,380.78|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Tim Walz Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$939,331|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$893,917|
|Top contributors to Tim Walz's campaign committee|
|Robins, Kaplan et al||$30,350|
|National Education Assn||$12,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$71,050|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Walz paid his congressional staff a total of $973,195 in 2011. He ranks 60th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 232nd overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranks 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tim Walz has voted with the Democratic Party 89.1% of the time, which ranked 154 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
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Walz and his wife, Gwen (nee Whipple) live in Mankato, MN, with their two children.
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- Gov Track "Walz" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Tim Walz" Accessed December 3, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 3, 2011
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 477," June 26, 2009
- Rasmussen "42% Say Climate Change Bill Will Hurt The Economy," June 30, 2009
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
- CBS Minnesota "Walz Raises $210,000 For Re-Election Fight" Accessed February 7, 2012
- Time Walz "Endorsements," October 9, 2012
- Tim Walz "Media," Accessed October 9, 2012
- YouTube channel
- Time Walz "Debt," October 9, 2012
- Time Walz "Energy," October 9, 2012
- Tim Walz "Debt," October 9, 2012
- Time Walz "Jobs Plan," October 9, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 3, 2011
- Federal Election Commission "Tim Walz Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Tim Walz April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
- "Federal Election Commission "Tim Walz July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
- "Federal Election Commission "Tim Walz October Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
- Open Secrets "Tim Walz 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 3, 2011
- LegiStorm "Tim Walz"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Walz, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- Official House Site "About Tim," Accessed December 3, 2011
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