Timothy 'Tim' Lee Walberg
Telephone:202-225-6276 (Main phone number)
Telephone:517-795-2147 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Chicago, IL
Tim Walberg was born in Chicago and now lives in Tipton, Mich. He earned a bachelor's degree in religious education from Taylor University in 1975 and a master's in communications from Wheaton College in 1978.
Walberg served as pastor of two churches, Grace Fellowship Church in New Haven, Ind., from 1973 to 1977, and United Gospel Church in Tipton, from 1978 until 1982. He became active with a Lenawee County Right to Life group and ran for the Michigan Legislature in 1982. He served in the state House from 1983 to 1999, until term limits prevented him from seeking re-election.
He was elected to Congress in 2006. He lost a re-election bid in 2008 but mounted a successful comeback in 2010.
Walberg and his wife, Sue, have three children.
Tim Walberg is a conservative who was elected to Congress in 2006, but lost a re-election bid two years later. He swept to victory in 2010 thanks in part to backing from tea party groups and campaign ads largely paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Walberg defeated Battle Creek Democrat Mark Schauer in the general election after a contentious and costly rematch of their 2008 race, which Schauer won.
Walberg spent much of the 2010 campaign criticizing the policies of President Barack Obama and the Democrats who controlled Congress, hoping for a backlash to carry him back into office.
Walberg's comeback emboldened him to make up for lost time and curb what he considered out of control federal spending in his absence. He said he would have voted against the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package.
"The citizens sent me back to Congress to clean up the mess from the failed trillion-dollar stimulus and government takeover of health care," he said. "I am working aggressively to encourage job creation, cut spending and expand American energy production to help Michigan families."
In the November 2012 general election, Walberg faces Democratic challenger Kurt Haskell, a Monroe County attorney who was on a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009 when a Nigerian man tried to blow up the plane. Haskell has said he believes the U.S. government conspired with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and outfitted him with an intentionally defective bomb.
Walberg wanted legislation in 2010 that would allow oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the development of wind, solar and other alternative energies.
Walberg is a strong advocate for tax cuts. He authored a bill in the spring of 2007 that would make President George W. Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 permanent. The bill was defeated along party lines, but Walberg said it was "just the beginning in a long battle over America's economic future. The way to create jobs, spur economic growth and encourage new investment and job growth is to make tax relief permanent."
Democrats criticized Walberg in July 2007 when he took credit for securing funding for a new runway at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek even though he voted against the bill. A Jackson retiree led an unsuccessful effort to recall Walberg.
Walberg grew up on Chicago's South Side and first got involved in politics in 1964 when he put up yard signs for Republican conservative Barry Goldwater, not the easiest task in the Democratic stronghold.
Committee Assignments: Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security; Oversight and Government Reform
American Conservative Union Rating: 96
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 5
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 50% (2010).
(Last updated by Jeff Karoub on September 17, 2012.)