Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan and is a proud member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 40 years and live in Tipton, Michigan where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi, and Caleb.
Rep. Walberg has enjoyed fishing and hunting from a young age. Some of his fondest memories growing up include going on fishing trips with his dad and twin brother. In college, he majored in forestry and planned to become a park ranger.
Rep. Walberg still enjoys fishing today, and he is also an enthusiastic participant in Michigan’s multitude of hunting opportunities. He is an avid deer, turkey and small game hunter and prefers pheasant and waterfowl hunting. When given the chance, he hunts in the famed Lake Erie waterfowl marshlands south of Pointe Mouillee State Game Area on the edge of Monroe County.
Hunting and angling provide a massive boost to Michigan’s local economy. In 2011, almost two million hunters and anglers spent $4.8 billion on the industry, supporting more than 70,000 jobs. Sportsmen and women help create more jobs in Michigan than the combined number of people employed by the state’s three largest employers – the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Detroit Receiving Hospital, and Delphi Thermal Systems.
In Washington, Rep. Walberg co-sponsored the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act to protect our natural resources and safeguard our hunting and angling pastimes. The SHARE Act passed the House in February 2014. He has also voted in favor of several pieces of legislation to keep the Great Lakes clean, free of harmful contaminates, and sustainable for future generations.
“As a firm believer in the stewardship of resources, I believe hunters and anglers are the true conservationists, whether through the purchase of licenses, or financially supporting the building of habitats.”
Rep. Walberg attended the Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival in Monroe County with his good friend Joe Robison from the Michigan DNR
Your opinion counts
Recently, numerous states have tried to pass legislation that would ban hunting contests. What is your personal view on hunting contests?
- I am fine with hunting contests and have participated in them. (35.29%)
- I support others’ ability to participate in them but I choose not to. (27.94%)
- I support hunting contests, but believe the regulations governing the contests should be updated to ensure that all contest promoters work with tanneries to make use of the animals harvested. (14.71%)
- I am against hunting contests. (20.59%)
- I am unsure. (1.47%)