Tim Walberg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byMark Schauer
Constituency7th district (2011–2023)
5th district (2023–present)
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byJoe Schwarz
Succeeded byMark Schauer
Constituency7th district
Member of the
Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byJames E. Hadden
Succeeded byDoug Spade
Constituency40th district (1983–1992)
57th district (1992–1999)
Personal details
Timothy Lee Walberg

(1951-04-12) April 12, 1951 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Susan Walberg
(m. 1974)
EducationMoody Bible Institute
Taylor University (BA)
Wheaton College (MA)
OccupationPastor (former)
WebsiteHouse website

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. As the longest tenured member from Michigan, Walberg is the current Dean of its delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.[1]

Early life, education, and early career

Walberg was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Alice Ann and John A. Walberg. His paternal grandparents were Swedish.[2] In 1964, Walberg served the Barry Goldwater 1964 presidential campaign as a volunteer. Walberg graduated from Thornton Fractional North High School in 1969 and briefly served the U.S. Forest Service. From 1973 to 1977, Walberg served as pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in New Haven, Indiana.[3]

Michigan legislature

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.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives



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.[5]


Main article: 2006 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7

Walberg defeated Schwarz in the Republican primary.[6] In the general election, he defeated Democratic nominee Sharon Renier, 50%–46%.[7]

In 2007, there was a failed recall effort against Walberg.[8][9][10]


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.[11] On August 23, 2007, State Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer announced he would challenge Walberg.[12] 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.[13]

Schauer narrowly defeated Walberg in the November election, 49% to 47%. Between the two candidates, around $3.5 million was spent on the campaign,[14] making it one of the most expensive House races in the 2008 election. Schauer outspent Walberg by nearly $300,000.[15]


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.[16] He defeated Marvin Carlson and Brian Rooney in the Republican primary.

Polling showed the race as a dead heat.[17] Walberg defeated Schauer, 50%–45%.[18]


See also: 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7

Wahlberg defeated Democratic nominee Kurt Haskell, 53%–43%.[19]


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.[20]


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[21] in the general election, with 55% of the vote.[22]


See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 7

Walberg defeated Driskell again, with 53.8% of the vote.[23]


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.


See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan § District 5

Due to redistricting, Walberg, the incumbent of the 7th congressional district, faced Democratic opponent Bart Goldberg, an attorney, in the 5th congressional district. Walberg was re-elected with 62.4% of the vote.[24]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions


Walberg rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.[29][30][31] 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."[29]


Walberg has repeatedly voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[32][33] 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.[34]

LGBTQ rights

In 2015, Walberg cosponsored a resolution to amend the US constitution to ban same-sex marriage.[35] 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.[36]

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."[37]

On October 8, 2023, Walberg gave a keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Uganda, at the invitation of Ugandan legislator David Bahati. Walberg's trip to Uganda was paid for by The Fellowship, which sponsored the breakfast. During his speech, Walberg urged Uganda to "stand firm" against international pressure to "change you", apparently referencing sanctions by the United States government against Uganda over the recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023, which prescribes lengthy prison sentences and in certain instances the death penalty for homosexual activities. “Worthless is the thought of the world, worthless, for instance, is the thought of the World Bank, or the World Health Organization, or the United Nations, or, sadly, some in our administration in America who say, ‘You are wrong for standing for values that God created,’ for saying there are male and female and God created them," said Walberg. Bahati, the original sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, stated that Walberg had told him “Uganda is on the right side of God,” when he asked Walberg if he were comfortable associating with Bahati. Walberg additionally praised Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, who also spoke at the breakfast, and who signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law.[38][39][40][41]

2008 presidential election

Walberg has repeatedly invoked birther conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama, arguing that Obama should have been impeached over his birth certificate.[42]

2020 presidential election

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[43] 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.[44][45][46]

Foreign policy

In March 2024, responding to a question about "why are we spending our money to build a port for them,"[47][48] referring to the Biden Administration's plan to build a temporary port off the coast of Gaza to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid in the Israel-Hamas War,[48][49] Walberg told the crowd the U.S. "shouldn’t be spending a dime on humanitarian aid" and instead “should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Get it over quick."[47][48][49] The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a U.S.-based Muslim civil rights group, condemned Walberg's comments as a "clear call to genocide."[50] Dawud Walid, Chief director of CAIR's Michigan chapter, said: "This ... should be condemned by all Americans who value human life and international law." "To call indifferently for the killing of every human being in Gaza sends a chilling message," Walid added.[51][52]

Tadatoshi Akiba, a member of the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) and former mayor of Hiroshima City, and others held a press conference at City Hall on April 10. The letter of request, which was read out loud, criticized the Hibakusha for their suffering from radiation damage and psychological damage, and said "We regret your ignorance and insensitivity to the unjust suffering and human misery that occurred as a result of the atomic bombings."[53] Japanese Diet member Jin Matsubara criticized the event as a "defeat for diplomacy". In response, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa stated that she was not considering protesting.[54][55]

Walberg also opposes humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the Russo-Ukrainian War. “Instead [of] 80 percent in Ukraine being used for humanitarian purposes, it should be 80 [to] 100 percent to wipe out Russia — if that’s what we want to do.”[48][49] Walberg also voted against aid to Ukraine in 2022.[56]

In response, Walberg denied advocating the use of nuclear weapons, claiming that he merely "used a metaphor to convey the need for both Israel and Ukraine to win their wars as swiftly as possible" despite his reference to the US dropping atomic bombs on two Japanese cities to bring an end to WWII.[50][57]

Electoral history

2004 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District Republican primary
2006 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District Republican primary
2006 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
2008 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
2010 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District
2012 election for the U.S. House of Representatives – 7th District

Personal life

Walberg and his wife, Sue, have been married since 1974. They have three adult children: Matthew, Heidi, and Caleb.[59]

Walberg is an ordained pastor. Ordained as a Baptist, he currently identifies as nondenominational[60] and attends a church affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.[61]


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Michigan House of Representatives Preceded byJames E. Hadden Member of the Michigan House of Representativesfrom the 40th district 1983–1993 Succeeded byJohn Jamian Preceded byDavid Hollister Member of the Michigan House of Representativesfrom the 57th district 1993–1999 Succeeded byDoug Spade U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJoe Schwarz Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Michigan's 7th congressional district 2007–2009 Succeeded byMark Schauer Preceded byMark Schauer Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Michigan's 7th congressional district 2011–2023 Succeeded byElissa Slotkin Preceded byDan Kildee Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Michigan's 5th congressional district 2023–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byJohn Garamendi United States representatives by seniority 94th Succeeded byBill Foster