Tim Walberg

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Tim Walberg
Tim Walberg, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Mark Schauer
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Joe Schwarz
Succeeded by Mark Schauer
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 57th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Kevin Fisher
Succeeded by Doug Spade
Personal details
Born (1951-04-12) April 12, 1951 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Walberg
Children Matthew
Alma mater Western Illinois University, Macomb
Moody Bible Institute
Taylor University
Wheaton College, Illinois
Religion Protestantism

Timothy Lee "Tim" Walberg (born April 12, 1951) is the current U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district, and was also the former Congressman for the district from 2007 to 2009.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Walberg was born and educated in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Alice Ann and John A. Walberg. His paternal grandparents were Swedish.[1] He left a post-high school position with the U.S. Forest Service to pursue higher education. At one point working in a steel mill to help pay tuition, he studied forestry at Western Illinois University and attended Moody Bible Institute, and completed his degree in 1975, when he earned a B.A. in religious education from Taylor University. By then Walberg was half-way through a four-year stint as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in New Haven, Indiana, which concluded when he enrolled in the Wheaton College graduate school. After receiving an M.A. in communications in 1978, Walberg and his young family relocated to Tipton, Michigan, where he led services at Union Gospel Church. He resigned his pastorship in 1982 in preparation for a successful bid for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Michigan legislature[edit]

Walberg served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1998. He was succeeded by Doug Spade and the seat is currently held by Dudley Spade, both Democrats. Walberg also spent time as a pastor and as a division manager for the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois while continuing to live in Michigan.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



After six years out of politics, Walberg ran in a field of six candidates in the 2004 Republican primary for the 7th District after six-term incumbent Nick Smith retired. He lost to former State Senator Joe Schwarz, a moderate Republican. Schwarz went on to win in November.


Walberg immediately began gearing up for a rematch against Schwarz in 2006. Walberg defeated Schwarz in the primary by 3,915 votes.[3]

In October 2006, the Walberg campaign's volunteer coordinator pled guilty to child abuse charges.[4] The allegations first appeared in the Jackson Citizen Patriot.[5] According to the Jackson Citizen Patriot, "Walberg said he knew of the alleged abuse 'on or about Sept. 12'."[6] The staffer pled guilty to the charges on September 18 and left the campaign after the charges became public in October. Walberg frequently stated the matter was "private" and he hoped the best for the family involved.

Walberg's defeat of Schwarz gave the Democrats hope of winning the seat. Although Republicans had held it for decades, the 7th is a somewhat marginal district on paper; it narrowly voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 and voted for George W. Bush almost as narrowly in 2000 and 2004. On the other hand, Schwarz had won the previous election (against the same Democratic opponent) by 22%.

On November 7, 2006, Walberg defeated Democrat Sharon Renier 50%–46%.[7] The Renier campaign spent $46,000[8] to Walberg's $1.2 million[9]


Entering the 2008 race, Walberg was identified by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen as one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in congress.[10] On August 23, 2007, State Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer announced he would challenge Walberg in the 2008 election.[11] The prior occupant of the seat, Joe Schwarz, who was defeated by Walberg in the 2006 Republican primary declined to run himself, but on September 30 endorsed Schauer.[12]

Schauer narrowly defeated Walberg in the November 2008 election. Republican presidential candidate John McCain lost the district to Democrat Barack Obama by nearly 17,000 votes but outperformed Walberg by over 6,000 votes, while Walberg lost to Schauer by 7,432 votes. Between the two candidates, around $3.5 million were spent on the campaign,[13] along with the massive amount spent by independent groups, made it the most expensive House race in the 2008 election.[14]


On July 14, 2009, Walberg announced that he was running for his old congressional seat and challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Schauer. .[15] He defeated Marvin Carlson and Brian Rooney in the Republican primary.

Prior to the election, nonpartisan polling showed the race as a dead heat.[16] Walberg defeated Schauer 50%–45%.[17][18]


Wahlberg defeated Democrat Kurt Haskell 53%–43%.[17]


Walberg has voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.[19]

Walberg has consistently opposed environmental legislation, receiving a 0% rating in 2014, and a 5% lifetime rating by the League of Conservation Voters. http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/tim-walberg

Walberg has received more campaign contributions from the Koch brothers, $27,000. than any other member of the House of Representatives. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/01/20/405463/meet-the-40-members-of-the-congressional-koch-caucus/

Iraq War security comments

In March 2007, Walberg was a guest on the Jack Ebling show on WILS-AM. During the broadcast Walberg stated that most of Iraq was as stable as Detroit, Michigan or Harvey, Illinois. Both the offices of the Mayor of Detroit and the Mayor of Harvey released statements requesting an apology from Walberg. "Unfortunately, for years people have beat up on the city of Detroit. Detroit is the word for negative. We are working very hard to transform that image of our city", said James Canning, spokesman for the Detroit office of the Mayor. Mayor Kellogg of Harvey stated: "Even though our country appears to have accomplish(ed) great gains in racial harmony, we still have members of congress who suffer from the highest levels of ignorance and stupidity."[20]

Recall efforts

On August 6, 2007, the Lenawee County Elections Commission approved the wording for Jackson resident James Carr's recall petition.[21] While Michigan laws and constitution allow for recall elections, an attorney for Walberg says there is no provision in the U.S. Constitution for recalling a United States Congressperson and challenged the action in court. On August 28, 2007, Lenawee County Circuit Court Judge Harvey Koselka issued an injunction that prohibited filing signed petitions with the state until a ruling is made on the constitutionality of recalling a member of Congress.[22][23] Carr has since ended his campaign.[24]


On July 23, 2014, Walberg introduced the Senior Executive Service Accountability Act (H.R. 5169; 113th Congress), a bill that would make it less difficult to fire or suspend members of the Senior Executive Service (SES).[25][26]

Committee assignments[edit]

Walberg is a member of the Republican Study Committee, the Congressional Cement Caucus, and the Tea Party Caucus.

Electoral history[edit]

2004 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District Republican Primary
  • Joe Schwarz (R), 28%
  • Brad Smith (R), 22%
  • Tim Walberg (R), 18%
  • Clark Bisbee (R), 14%
  • Gene DeRossett (R), 11%
  • Paul DeWeese (R), 7%
2006 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District Republican Primary
  • Tim Walberg (R), 33,144, 53%
  • Joe Schwarz (R) (inc.), 29,349, 47%
2006 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
  • Tim Walberg (R), 49.93%
  • Sharon Renier (D), 45.98%
  • Robert Hutchinson (L), 1.55%
  • David Horn (UST), 1.47%
  • Joe Schwarz (write-in), 1.07%
2008 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
  • Mark Schauer (D), 48.79%[27]
  • Tim Walberg (R), 46.49%
  • Lynn Meadows (G), 2.96%
  • Ken Proctor (L), 1.76%
2010 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
  • Tim Walberg (R), 50.1%
  • Mark Schauer (D), 45.4%
  • Other, 4.5%
2012 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
  • Tim Walberg (R), 55.4%
  • Kurt Haskell (D), 44.6%

Personal life[edit]

Tim and his wife Sue live in Tipton (near Tecumseh, Michigan), where they brought up their three now-adult children. Walberg's son Matthew works as a crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune.


  1. ^ "tim walberg". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Hillsdale.net
  3. ^ "2006 Official Michigan Primary Election Results – 7th District Representative in Congress 2 Year Term (1) Position". Miboecfr.nictusa.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  4. ^ WLNS TV 6 Lansing Jackson Michigan News and Weather – WLNS.COM | Our Apologies
  5. ^ Demas, Susan J. (October 25, 2006). "Staffer guilty of crime stays on" (PDF). Jackson Citizen Patriot (MLive.com (archived at Michigan Department of Human Services News Clips). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-03-31.  External link in |publisher= (help) Demas, Susan J. (October 25, 2006). "Walberg campaign aide resigns". Jackson Citizen Patriot (MLive.com). Archived from the original on 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  6. ^ Demas, Susan J. (October 27, 2006). "DeVos: Aide's resignation 'proper'" (PDF). Jackson Citizen Patriot (MLive.com (archived at Michigan Department of Human Services News Clips). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-03-31.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ 2006 Official Michigan General Election Results – 7th District Representative in Congress 2 Year Term (1) Position
  8. ^ FEC Disclosure Form 3 for Sharon Renier for Congress
  9. ^ FEC Candidate Summary Reports – Candidate ID H4MI07103
  10. ^ Hotline On Call: Van Hollen's Top '08 Targets
  11. ^ "Senate minority leader to challenge Walberg". Lansing State Journal. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-24. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune. 
  13. ^ "Schauer declares victory in 7th District U.S. House race". Michigan Daily. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  14. ^ http://www.politickerco.com/jeremypelzer/2692/co-4-independent-spending-third-highest-nation
  15. ^ File photo. "Former Congressman Tim Walberg to challenge U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer for old seat". MLive.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  16. ^ "The Hill: Latest poll shows race between Mark Schauer, Tim Walberg a dead heat". Jackson Citizen Patriot. 2010-10-07. 
  17. ^ a b "2014 Election Results Senate: Live Map by State, Midterm Races Races". POLITICO. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Michigan – Election Results 2010". JNew York Times. 2010-11-03. 
  19. ^ Bob Wheaton (31 October 2012). "Rep. Tim Walberg would keep trying to repeal Obamacare". MLive. 
  20. ^ Lansing State Journal[dead link]
  21. ^ Recall campaign launched against Walberg. Retrieved August 8, 2007.
  22. ^ "Judge rules against Walberg recall effort". The Ann Arbor News. Associated Press. 2007-08-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  23. ^ Pelham, Dennis (2007-08-29). "Walberg recall over". The Daily Telegraph (Lenawee). Retrieved 2007-08-30. [dead link]
  24. ^ Misusing the recall process again The Daily Telegram. September 10, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2007.
  25. ^ Medici, Andy (15 September 2014). "House passes bill making it easier to fire senior execs". Federal Times. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "H.R. 5169 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "The Capitol Record Since 1906". Michigan State University. Retrieved January 20, 2009. [dead link]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Schwarz
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th congressional district

January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Succeeded by
Mark Schauer
Preceded by
Mark Schauer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 7th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Fitzpatrick
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Bill Foster