Tim Walberg is currently in his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Michigan’s Seventh District, which includes Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee counties and parts of Calhoun and Washtenaw counties.
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Agriculture, Education and Labor and House Republican Policy Committees.
Born in Chicago, Rep. Walberg grew up on the city’s south side and attended Western Illinois University, Moody Bible Institute, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, IN (formerly Fort Wayne Bible College) and Wheaton College Graduate School, earning his B.S. and M.A. degrees.
Previously Congressman Walberg served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, gaining a reputation as a principled voice for less government spending, lower taxes and fewer regulations, as well as a compassionate voice for the culture of life and traditional values.
During Rep. Walberg’s 16 years in the state legislature, he never voted for a tax increase and successfully fought to reduce income taxes, property taxes, capital gains taxes and death taxes. He also compiled a 100% pro-life voting record and earned a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA.
Prior to his time in the Michigan House, Rep. Walberg served as a pastor for almost 10 years. Following his 16 years in the Michigan House, he served as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact where his duties included creating local community betterment programs in the 7th District. Rep. Walberg also worked as a division manager for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, before retiring in January 2006.
Tim and his wife Sue have been married for 32 years. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three now-adult children Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.
All across our great country and especially in rural areas, Americans can barely afford prices over $4 a gallon. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress will not allow any legislative action to increase American energy production.
Should America promote economic growth and job creation or raise taxes to destroy jobs and economic opportunity?
I once heard it said, "The attitude of Congress toward hidden taxes is not to do away with them, but to hide them better." Clearly, the same Democratic leadership that pledged to run the House with integrity and fiscal responsibility at the beginning of this year has abandoned that pledge in place of a new covenant similar to the one above.
Since I began my first term in Congress last month, I've been asked numerous times if I feel the Republican Party has a problem with its "brand." As I travel across my south-central Michigan district and meet with my constituents, I realize a great amount of uncertainty exists as to what the Republican brand really is.