Joe Walsh is a former Illinois congressman elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010.
From day one, Joe went to Washington hellbent on shaking up the political establishment, and that he did. He was one of the most outspoken members of Congress, advocating for a balanced budget amendment, term limits, common-sense tax cuts, and a range of free-market conservative principles.
Joe refused his congressional health benefits and pension, slept in his office, limited himself to no more than three terms in office, and held more town hall meetings than any other member.
His time in office was just one chapter in a life devoted to public service and advocacy for limited government policies. Following his service in Congress, Walsh became one of the most popular conservative talk radio hosts in the country, syndicated in major markets throughout the U.S.
A native of Illinois, Joe grew up the middle of nine children in an Irish Catholic family with deep midwestern roots. He attended Grinnell College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Chicago, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.
Today, Joe lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Helene. Between them, they have five children.