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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)

District: 8th District
Political Highlights: Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1996; Republican nominee for Ill. House, 1998
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; Health and Technology; Investigations, Oversight & Regulations)

Election History
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


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

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.