Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Walberg Announces Grants to Protect Great Lakes Water Quality

2016/06/28

Jackson, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today announced that two organizations in Michigan’s 7th District have been awarded a total of nearly $400,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants by the Great Lakes Commission. The Hillsdale Conservation District was awarded $199,998 for a project to reduce phosphorus and sediment in the Tiffin River and the Western Lake Erie basin, and the Lenawee Conservation District was awarded $200,000 to reduce phosphorus and sediment in River Raisin watershed.

“It’s great to see Hillsdale and Lenawee Conservation Districts recognized for their important work to protect the health of our waterways and communities,” said Rep. Walberg. “These grants also highlight the need to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to continue protecting the Great Lakes, which are a vital economic and environmental asset for Michigan.” 
 
“Congratulations to both organizations for receiving this funding to protect water quality in the Great Lakes,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “This project is yet another example of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative generating important economic and environmental improvements in communities across the region. Thank you to Rep. Walberg for your continued support of this important initiative.”
 
The Great Lakes Commission’s Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program strategically addresses polluting phosphorus and sediments from entering the Great Lakes Basin with a unique, targeted grass roots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds throughout the region.
 
Funding for this program is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
 
In addition to supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Rep. Walberg has championed additional legislation to protect the Great Lakes and promote better conservation practices. Last year, he joined with Rep. Candice Miller to introduce the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification. Supported by the Michigan Farm Bureau, the legislation encourages states throughout the Great Lakes Basin to develop voluntary agricultural assurance programs to promote conservation and minimize agricultural pollution risks, like the harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.

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Grand Ledge High School Student Wins 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016/06/27

Jackson, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today announced that Carter Gough, who just completed his sophomore year at Grand Ledge High School, is the winner of the 2016 Congressional Art competition for Michigan's 7th District. Carter received first place for his stippling ink drawing entitled “Salvador Dali,” a portrait of artist Salvador Dali.

Carter is the son of Jeremy Gough, and his art teacher at Grand Ledge High School is Doris Thompson. His winning artwork will be part of a yearlong display in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol along with other pieces from high school students around the country.

“My office was fortunate to receive a wide array of outstanding submissions from the incredibly talented students that reside in Michigan’s 7th District. Congratulations to Carter for displaying such skill and creativity to win the competition. The time and effort Carter poured into his artwork is evident in the final result, as visitors to the U.S. Capitol will get to see in the year ahead,” said Congressman Walberg.

Second place was awarded to Noah Schneider, a graduating senior at Jackson Christian High School, for his graphite drawing entitled, “Great Dedication Yields Great Exploration.” It is a drawing of Noah’s father standing next to his plane, which has given his family many enjoyable days of exploration. Noah is the son of Andrew and Jeanne Schneider, and his art teacher at Jackson Christian High School was Cathy Lehman.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.

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Walberg Amendment to Prevent Wasteful Afghanistan Spending Passes the House

2016/06/16


Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) amendment to ensure an appropriate use of American taxpayer dollars for Afghanistan infrastructure projects was adopted with bipartisan support and included in the FY17 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which passed the House by a 282-138 margin today. Another Walberg amendment, which would protect hospitals that administer TRICARE from government overreach, was also adopted. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg’s remarks on the House floor.
 
“The Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund is a poorly run program that lacks basic oversight. We should not be wasting precious taxpayer dollars on imprudent projects overseas, and I’m proud my bipartisan amendment was included in the final defense bill. With this bipartisan legislation, we are taking important steps to bolster our national security and provide our troops with the resources they need to successfully carry out their missions and defend our country,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.  Read More

House Takes Action to Combat Radical Islamic Terrorism

2016/06/16

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) released the following statement today after voting for the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act, a package of three bipartisan bills to strengthen our nation’s counterterrorism capacity and keep the American people safe.
 
“The victim's loved ones and the people of Orlando continue to be on the forefront of our nation's prayers during this time of immense grief and mourning. The attack in Orlando is a tragic reminder that ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists will stop at nothing to slaughter innocent people and destroy our way of life. Today the House took initial steps to strengthen our intelligence and counterterrorism capabilities to combat radicalization and protect our citizens and our homeland. In the face of wide-ranging national security challenges, we must speak with clarity about the threats we face and stand united to defeat radical Islamic terrorism at home and abroad,” said Walberg.
 
The Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act includes the following three bipartisan bills:
 
H.R. 4401, the Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terror Act
H.R. 4820, the Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act
H.R. 4407, the Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.  Read More

VIDEO: Walberg Speaks About PTSD, Highlights Michigan Veteran's 1,000 Mile Walk

2016/06/14


Jackson Cit Pat: Heroin addiction requires comprehensive action

2016/06/12

Christopher Risner was a standout high school athlete with scholarship offers to play basketball in college. Then his life spiraled out of control.

At first, he started taking medication to cope with his depression, but it eventually led to opioid and heroin addiction. After several stints in and out of rehab, Christopher is now clean and in recovery.

He shared his personal story at a recent community forum I hosted at Jackson High School to collaborate with law enforcement officials, medical professionals and other local leaders who are stepping up to fight against drug addiction.

Everywhere I go across Michigan's 7th District I hear stories about the strong grip of heroin and opioid addiction. Some, like Christopher, are back on their feet and reclaiming their lives. Others have experienced the heartbreaking loss of a child, sibling, parent or friend.

In 2014, 1,745 people in Michigan died of a drug overdose. Across the country, an American dies of an overdose every 12 minutes. Addiction is a national struggle and the need for action is immediate. It tears families apart and robs people from all walks of life of their future.

As a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, I am committed to working together to elevate this issue and find community-based solutions for those who are suffering. 

The House recently passed a broad package of 18 bipartisan bills that tackle this full-blown health crisis from every angle – from prevention to treatment to recovery. 

One of them is the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act which establishes a streamlined grant program, giving our partners at the state and local level the flexibility to tailor prevention and treatment efforts to the specific needs of their communities. The bill also expands training and resources for law enforcement and first responders to use the overdose reversal drug Naloxone.

For many addicts, heroin abuse often begins with prescription painkillers. To help prevent over-prescribing of these drugs, another bill the House passed establishes a task force of health care experts to review, develop, and disseminate safe pain management best practices.

Some of the most heartbreaking stories of addiction involve drug-dependent babies who enter the world with all the odds stacked against them. The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, which I helped introduce, strengthens the child welfare system to ensure vulnerable newborns don't slip through the cracks and their caregivers can get the help they need.

Also included in the 18-bill package were initiatives to increase safety for opioid therapy for veterans, protect first responders and citizens who act as Good Samaritans in emergency situations, combat the supply of illicit drugs from international traffickers, and more.

The next step for our comprehensive legislation is a conference committee with the Senate to negotiate a final product to send to the President's desk to be signed into law. I'm optimistic this will happen in short order.

Legislation alone won't end this epidemic, but working together with the community, we can fight back with a multifaceted approach that prevents drug addiction before it begins and offers treatment and recovery to those who need a helping hand and a chance to heal. As people like Christopher show, there can be hope for a better future.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg represents Michigan's 7th Congressional District and is a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. This op-ed originally appeared in the June 12 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot.
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Walberg Opposes Higher Energy Prices, New Oil Tax

2016/06/10

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted for legislation opposing President Obama’s proposal to increase energy prices by imposing an additional $10 tax on every barrel of oil. The House also voted to oppose a national carbon tax, another misguided attempt by the administration to raise energy costs on the American people.
 
“For the Michigan families struggling each month to pay their bills, a new $10 oil tax would be yet another blow to their pocketbooks. During a time of sluggish economic growth, the last thing we need is a misguided tax that will increase energy prices and hurt job creation. America’s energy policies should encourage more innovation and production, not try at every turn to make energy more expensive for consumers,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
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Jackson Cit Pat: Jackson County students nominated for U.S. military academy appointments

2016/06/09

JACKSON, MI – Three Jackson County graduates are among six students nominated by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg for appointment to U.S. military academies.

Walberg, R-Tipton, represents Michigan's 7th District.

The Jackson County students receiving nominations from him and offers of admission to a U.S. military academy are:

Duncan Farrant – U.S. Naval Academy. He is the son of Billy and Cindy Farrant and a Hanover-Horton High School graduate.

Nathanial Lavery – U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Dr. Kevin and Katie Lavery and a Jackson High School graduate.

Bradford Isenhour – U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Lt. Cols. Steven and Michelle Isenhour and a graduate of James O'Neill High School in New York.

To be nominated, applicants must complete a file including an application, school transcript and test scores, resume, essay and letters of recommendation. Academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, motivation and the results of an interview also are taken into consideration.

"Michigan is filled with some of the best and brightest young leaders our country has to offer, and these students are shining examples of success in the classroom and in the community," Walberg said in a press release. "I congratulate these young men and women on receiving such a prestigious appointment, and our nation is forever grateful for their commitment to military service in the years to come."

This story originally appeared in the June 9 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. Read More

VIDEO: Walberg Recognizes Croswell Opera House's 150th Anniversary

2016/06/09


Walberg Announces 2016 Service Academy Appointments

2016/06/06

Jackson, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) is pleased to announce the appointments of six students from Michigan’s 7th District to attend a U.S. military service academy.  

“Michigan is filled with some of the best and brightest young leaders our country has to offer, and these students are shining examples of success in the classroom and in the community. I congratulate these young men and women on receiving such a prestigious appointment, and our nation is forever grateful for their commitment to military service in the years to come,” said Walberg.

The following students were nominated by Congressman Walberg and received an offer of admission to an academy:

West Point
Jordan Niehoff of Chelsea – Chelsea High School
Ben Watson of Saline – Saline High School

Naval Academy
Duncan Farrant of Hanover – Hanover-Horton High School
Samantha Fox of Saline – Saline High School

Air Force Academy
Bradford Isenhour of Jackson – James O’Neill High School in New York
Nathanial Lavery of Jackson – Jackson High School

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Walberg: Restore Local Control in Education

2016-06-23 21:02:33


Walberg Amendment Prevents Wasteful Afghanistan Infrastructure Spending

2016-06-16 12:24:14


Walberg Speaks About PTSD, Highlights Michigan Veteran's 1,000 Mile Walk

2016-06-14 17:06:39


Walberg Recognizes Croswell Opera House's 150th Anniversary

2016-06-09 16:42:42


WLNS: Heroin addiction stories shared at Jackson High School

2016-05-24 13:35:03


WLNS: Heroin epidemic in focus in Jackson County

2016-05-24 13:33:44


Walberg Amendments Adopted in National Defense Bill

2016-05-18 22:58:54


Walberg Presses EPA on FOIA Delays, Employee Misconduct

2016-05-18 23:07:31


WOOD TV: New federal effort to address opioid drug abuse

2016-05-18 23:06:03


Bipartisan Regulatory Integrity Act Clears Oversight Committee

2016-05-17 21:13:51


Walberg Works to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

2016-05-17 16:49:51


WLNS: Heroin overdoses continue at high rate

2016-05-17 16:29:54


Walberg Questions White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal

2016-05-17 16:36:02


WLNS: Walberg "Very Vocal" in the Fight Against Heroin Epidemic

2016-05-13 18:53:24


Walberg: All Hands on Deck to Combat Heroin

2016-05-12 18:12:43


Walberg Votes to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Protect Most Vulnerable

2016-05-11 20:15:34


WLNS: National drug take back day aims to curb addiction

2016-05-02 13:55:50


WLNS: Walberg Introduces ‘Jessie’s Law’ to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2016-05-02 13:56:52


Walberg Presses DHS on Policies About Releasing Criminal Aliens

2016-05-02 13:57:32


Walberg Questions TSA Employees on Agency Misconduct

2016-04-29 20:48:35


Contact Information

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Tim Walberg is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan.  The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County.  Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute.  He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

In the 113th Congress, Tim serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee.  In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 39 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.


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Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Bill Huizenga

MICHIGAN's 2nd DISTRICT

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

John Moolenaar

MICHIGAN's 4th DISTRICT

Fred Upton

MICHIGAN's 6th DISTRICT

Mike Bishop

MICHIGAN's 8th DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Dave Trott

MICHIGAN's 11th DISTRICT

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