Why He Matters
A former minister, Walberg is decidedly conservative. Before fixating on congressional campaigns several years ago, Walberg served for 15 years in the Michigan House. While Walberg has run several unsuccessful campaigns for Congress in the 7th district, he previously held the House seat there between 2007 and 2009. After losing to Democrat Mark Schauer in 2008, Walberg reclaimed it in a 2010 rematch.
Walberg consistently stresses his aversion to federal interference in most sectors. He calls for lower taxes for individuals and corporations, as well as the elimination of capital gains and inheritance taxes. He has also repeatedly said that the government should have no role in education or gun control. He is anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion rights.