Joe Walsh Biography
Joe Walsh (born William Joseph Walsh) is an American conservative talk radio host, former social worker, and politician. He served one term in the United States House of Representatives for Illinois’ 8th congressional district. Joe served from January 2011 through January 2013, after defeating three-term incumbent Democratic Representative Melissa Bean by a margin of 291 votes in a surprising upset. He is a member of the Republican Party. Walsh is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2020.
While he received little Republican Party support in his bid against Bean, he was popular with the Tea Party movement. Walsh ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and for the Illinois General Assembly in 1998. In the 1990s, he called himself a moderate Republican, but he later became a conservative and a Tea Party activist.
Joe Walsh Age
Walsh was born on December 27, 1961, in North Barrington, Illinois, U.S. He is 58 years old as of 2019. He celebrates his birthday on December 27th every year.
Joe Walsh Family
After doing our research, details about Walsh’s parents are not available and it is also not known if he has any siblings.
Joe Walsh Wife
Walsh has been married twice and has 3 children and 2 stepchildren. His 2nd marriage was in 2006 with Helene Walsh, who served as an Illinois state representative from 2018 – 2019.
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Following Walsh’s victory in the 2010 Republican primary, it was reported that a bank had foreclosed on his condo and he had been evicted in October 2009, but that he and his family were living in a rented house in the Chicago North Shore suburb of Winnetka at the time.
A GOP spokesman said that voters would likely identify with Walsh’s financial troubles. He was also reportedly facing a lawsuit by a former campaign manager who claimed Walsh owed him $20,000 for services and had federal and state tax liens in the 1980s & 1990s (all paid by 2001). Walsh explained that the major portion of the past due taxes was on a college trust fund he received from his grandfather and that neither he nor his family had been aware that the funds were taxable. He also explained that his more recent financial struggles have made him more attuned to the difficulties faced by the average constituent.
In July 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Walsh’s ex-wife, Laura, was suing him for $117,437 for past due child support dating from 2005 for their three children. Walsh allegedly had told his ex-wife that he did not have the money because he was out of work; she had later seen from his campaign disclosures that he had been employed.
Walsh’s attorney said that Walsh did not owe “anywhere near that amount,” and that he had had no more problems paying child support than “any other average guy”. Walsh and his ex-wife started working out a settlement of the disputed past due amount in late July 2011. Walsh’s financial problems inspired the proposal of a bill that would forbid people owing more than $10,000 in back child support from running for office in Illinois. On April 20, 2012, a settlement was reached, and the case dismissed.
As part of the settlement, Walsh issued a statement on behalf of himself and his ex-wife which read, in part, “Having resolved these issues together and cleared up these mistakes in private, we now agree that Joe is not and was not a ‘deadbeat dad’ and does not owe child support.”
In Aug 2011, the Chicago Tribune reported that Walsh lost his driving privileges from mid-April to mid-July 2011 because he let his insurance lapse. In response, Walsh criticized the Tribune for “wast[ing] time and ink scrutinizing [his] driving record over the last 22 years rather than Washington’s unsustainable spending”.
On Feb 1, 2013, Walsh filed a motion to terminate child support obligations, claiming that as he was now unemployed he was unable to contribute to the support of his children.
Joe Walsh Net Worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Walsh’s net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,004 and $46,000. That averages to $24,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
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In an interview on Aug 25, 2019, Walsh announced that he would enter the 2020 Republican Party primary race, challenging incumbent President Donald Trump. He stated that Trump’s behavior in office motivated him to declare his candidacy. Walsh admitted that some of his past comments might have “helped create Trump” and that Trump “made me reflect on some of the things I said in the past.”
He declared he wouldn’t vote for Trump once more which he had not decided on whether or not to vote for a Democrat to stop Trump’s re-election. Following his announcement, Salem Radio Network said it would cancel its national distribution of his talk show on Sept 26, 2019, and that Walsh will be free to sign up with a different syndicator if he chooses. Walsh commented, “No more radio show, but that is OK. I am going to campaign full time.”
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On March 25, 2013, Walsh aired his 1st radio show, The Joe Walsh Show, on Chicago’s talk station WIND as a conservative political commentator. After less than a year on the air in Chicago, The Joe Walsh Show also began airing on WNYM in NY city. In April 2015, WNYM dropped Walsh from its radio platform. As of Sep 2016, Walsh’s radio talk show is aired in many major U.S. cities, including Chicago, New York city, Phoenix, Dallas, and Denver.
On Dec 19, 2015, Walsh announced that should Democratic presidential candidate, and later the nominee, Hillary Clinton win the 2016 United States presidential election, he would run for the office himself in 2020. However, Republican nominee Donald Trump won the 2016 election, defeating Clinton.
In Feb 2017, The Joe Walsh Show received national syndication by the Salem Radio Network. Walsh joined Newsmax TV in May 2018. On Aug 26, 2019, a day after announcing his campaign for president, Walsh announced he had lost his radio show.
Frequently Asked Questions About Joe Walsh
Who is Walsh?
He is one of America’s best-known and loved conservative talk radio host, former social worker, and politician.
How old is Walsh?
He is 58 years old as of 2019. He was born in 1961.
How tall is Walsh?
Information about his height is not available.
Is Walsh married?
Walsh has been married twice.
How much is Walsh worth?
His estimated net worth is 317,899.
How much does Walsh make?
Information about what he earns is not available.
Where does Walsh live?
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Is Walsh dead or alive?
He is alive and healthy.
Where is Walsh now?
He is a conservative talk radio host, former social worker, and politician.
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