|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Mark Schauer|
|Constituency||7th district (2011–2023)|
5th district (2023–present)
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Joe Schwarz|
|Succeeded by||Mark Schauer|
|Constituency||7th district (2007–2009)|
|Member of the|
Michigan House of Representatives
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||James E. Hadden|
|Succeeded by||Doug Spade|
|Constituency||40th district (1983–1992)|
57th district (1992–1999)
Timothy Lee Walberg
April 12, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Moody Bible Institute|
Taylor University (BA)
Wheaton College (MA)
Timothy Lee Walberg (born April 12, 1951) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district since 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented the 7th district from 2007 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2023.
Walberg was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Alice Ann and John A. Walberg. His paternal grandparents were Swedish. Walberg graduated from Thornton Fractional North High School in 1969.
Walberg was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1998. He also spent time as a pastor and as a division manager for the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago while continuing to live in Michigan.
Main article: 2004 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
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. Walberg finished third in the primary. State Senator Joe Schwarz won the primary and the general election.
Main article: 2006 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Walberg defeated Schwarz in the Republican primary. In the general election, he defeated Democratic nominee Sharon Renier, 50%–46%.
In 2007, there was a failed recall effort against Walberg.
See also: 2008 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Entering the 2008 race, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen identified Walberg as one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in Congress. On August 23, 2007, State Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer announced he would challenge Walberg. The previous occupant of the seat, Joe Schwarz, who lost to Walberg in the 2006 Republican primary, declined to run but on September 30 endorsed Schauer.
Schauer narrowly defeated Walberg in the November election, 49% to 47%. Between the two candidates, around $3.5 million was spent on the campaign, making it one of the most expensive House races in the 2008 election. Schauer outspent Walberg by nearly $300,000.
See also: 2010 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
On July 14, 2009, Walberg announced that he would challenge incumbent Mark Schauer. He defeated Marvin Carlson and Brian Rooney in the Republican primary.
Polling showed the race as a dead heat. Walberg defeated Schauer, 50%–45%.
See also: 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Wahlberg defeated Democratic nominee Kurt Haskell, 53%–43%.
See also: 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Walberg defeated former Democratic State Representative Pam Byrnes with 54% of the vote.
See also: 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Walberg defeated Doug North in the August 2 Republican primary and Democratic nominee State Representative Gretchen Driskell in the general election, with 55% of the vote.
See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Walberg defeated Driskell again, with 53.8% of the vote.
See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7
Walberg defeated Driskell a third time, with 58.7% of the vote.
Walberg rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. On the subject, he said in May 2017, "I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it."
Walberg has repeatedly voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Walberg shares an office with Jackson Right to Life, which was vandalized by abortion rights activists in June 2022, just before the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision. Fox News attributed the attack to the group Jane's Revenge.
In 2015, Walberg cosponsored a resolution to amend the US constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Walberg also cosponsored a resolution disagreeing with the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution.
Walberg voted against the "Respect for Marriage Act" codifying Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing marriages across state lines regardless of "sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals."
Walberg has repeatedly invoked birther conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama, arguing that Obama should have been impeached over his birth certificate.
In December 2020, Walberg was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
Walberg is an ordained pastor. Ordained as a Baptist, he currently identifies as nondenominational and attends a church affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.
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