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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)

  • District: 8th District, Northwest Cook County -- Schaumburg; part of Lake and McHenry counties
  • Residence: McHenry
  • Born: December 27, 1961; Evanston, Ill.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Helene Walsh; three children, two stepchildren
  • Education: U. of Iowa, B.A. 1985 (English); U. of Chicago, A.M. 1991 (public policy)
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1996; Republican nominee for Ill. House, 1998; U.S. House, 2011-13
  • Elected: Elected: 2010 (1st term); Defeated Rep. Melissa Bean, D
  • 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)
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State Information: 8th District, Northwest Cook County -- Schaumburg; part of Lake and McHenry counties

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general Joe Walsh (R) 98,115 48.5%
Melissa Bean (D) 97,825 48.3%
Bill Scheurer (GREEN) 6,495 3.2%
2008 general Melissa Bean (D) 179,444 60.7%
Steve Greenberg (R) 116,081 39.3%
2006 general Melissa Bean (D) 93,355 50.9%
David McSweeney (R) 80,720 44%
Bill Scheurer (X) 9,312 5.1%
2004 general Melissa Bean (D) 139,792 51.7%
Philip Crane (R) 130,601 48.3%
2002 general Philip Crane (R) 95,275 57.4%
Melissa Bean (D) 70,626 42.6%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 56% John McCain: 43%
2004 John Kerry: 44% George W. Bush: 55%
2000 Al Gore: 42% George W. Bush: 55%

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