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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)


Biography
District: 8th District
Political Highlights: Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1996; Republican nominee for Ill. House, 1998; U.S. House, 2011-13
Born: Dec. 27, 1961; Evanston, Ill.
Residence: McHenry
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Helene Walsh; three children, two stepchildren
Education: U. of Iowa, B.A. 1985; U. of Chicago, A.M. 1991
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term)
Committee Assignments: Homeland Security (Counterterrorism & Intelligence; Transportation Security - Vice Chairman); Oversight & Government Reform (Health Care, District of Columbia, Census & the National Archives; TARP, Financial Services & Bailouts of Public and Private Programs); Small Business (Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access - Chairman; Healthcare & Technology; Investigations, Oversight & Regulations)

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2012generalTammy Duckworth (D) 123,20654.7
Joe Walsh (R) 101,86045.3
2010generalJoe Walsh (R) 98,11548.5
Melissa Bean (D) 97,82548.3
Bill Scheurer (GREEN) 6,4953.2
1996generalSidney Yates (D) 00.0
Joe Walsh (R) 69,78537.0
Roll Call Vitals

16th

Illinois is 16th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Joe Walsh has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.











Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.