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Joe Walsh
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Official congress portrait, 2011
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Melissa Bean
Succeeded by Tammy Duckworth
Personal details
William Joseph Walsh

(1961-12-27) December 27, 1961 (age 60)
North Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Laura Walsh (1987–2002)
Helene Miller
Children 5
Alma mater Grinnell College
University of Iowa
University of Chicago
Occupation Radio personality,
Political commentator

William Joseph Walsh, known as Joe Walsh (born December 27, 1961), is an American conservative talk radio host and former politician.

He served one term in the United States House of Representatives for Illinois' 8th congressional district. He 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 was defeated by retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Tammy Duckworth in the general election on November 6, 2012. He now hosts a conservative radio show on WIND-AM 560.

On August 25, 2019, Walsh announced his candidacy for President of the United States against President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. He stated that Trump's behavior in office motivated him to declare his candidacy. He ended his campaign on February 9, 2020.

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