Joe Walsh

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Joe Walsh
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U.S. Representative from Illinois's 8th District
From: January 3, 2011-January 3, 2013
Predecessor Melissa Bean
Successor Tammy Duckworth
Party Republican

William Joseph "Joe" Walsh (born December 27, 1961 in North Barrington, Illinois) is a philanthropist, Tea Party activist, former Republican U.S. Representative, and conservative talk radio host.

Walsh was elected to the United States House of Representatives on November 2, 2010 in Illinois's 8th congressional district, defeating Democrat incumbent Melissa Bean by 291 votes in a surprising upset.[1] After his district was gerrymandered by the Democrats in control of the Illinois state government,[2][3] Walsh lost his re-election bid in 2012 to liberal Democrat Tammy Duckworth.[4]

Walsh is now a conservative talk radio host[5] on several radio stations in major U.S. cities.[6] The radio show has been syndicated nationwide by the Salem Radio Network since February 2017.[7]

Walsh declared that if Hillary Clinton were elected president in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, he would run for president himself in 2020.[8] Since Donald Trump defeated her, Walsh chose not to run. However, Walsh began to vocally favor the Robert Mueller investigation and increasingly criticized President Trump, eventually rescinding his endorsement of the president and calling him a "traitor."[9]


  1. Sroka, Diana (November 11, 2010). Breaking down how Joe Walsh turned tide vs. Melissa Bean. Northwest Herald. Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  2. Sweet, Lynn. "Re. Joe Walsh, Tea Party leader gets boost from Club for Growth", Chicago Sun-Times, July 27, 2011. Retrieved on August 16, 2011. 
  3. Lynne Sweet. "Illinois Republican House incumbents sue state over Democratic remap", Chicago Sun-Times, July 27, 2011. Retrieved on September 7, 2011. 
  4. "Duckworth defeats Walsh in congressional contest", November 7, 2012. Retrieved on November 7, 2012. 
  5. "Former Rep. Joe Walsh to Host Radio Show", Northwest Herald, March 15, 2013. Retrieved on November 9, 2015. 
  6. The Joe Walsh Show. Retrieved on July 27, 2016.
  7. Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Talkers. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  8. This Former Congressman Stated He’d Run For President In 2020 If Hillary Clinton Wins Future Female Leaders. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  9. Caplan, Joshua (July 16, 2018). Damage Control: Joe Walsh Calls Trump ‘Traitor’ After Sacha Baron Cohen Humiliation. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

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