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William Joseph “Joe” Walsh is a Republican politician turned conservative talk radio host from the Chicago area. In 1996, Walsh was the Republican contender for Illinois’ 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lost to the long-time incumbent Democrat Sidney R. Yates. This button is most likely from that campaign. In 1998, Walsh campaigned of the 58th district seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, eventually losing the election to the incumbent Democrat.
Walsh considered himself a moderate Republican in the 1990s, but gradually grew more conservative. In the 2010 mid-term elections, Walsh surprisingly upset the incumbent Democrat and won Illinois’ 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served one term in the House, from 2011 to 2013, and was a popular figure within the Tea Party movement. Walsh was defeated in the 2012 election by Democrat Tammy Duckworth, and, as of 2015, he hosts a Chicago-based conservative talk radio show.