Walter Minnick

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Walter Minnick currently serves the 1st Congressional District of Idaho

Walter Minnick has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 1st district of the State of Idaho, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies

Wall Street Bailout

Minnick does not support the Wall Street bailout, and believes it to be financially reckless because of the lack of taxpayer protections, the increasing national deficit, and amount of spending and earmarks attached to the legislation. [1]


Minnick says he will bring legislators together to deal with important issues in a honest, decent straightforward way. [1]


Minnick does not believe that protecting the environment and creating jobs and industry should come at the expense of the other. He pledges to use common sense approaches to finding way for both to thrive. [1]


Minnick supports passing permanent extensions of the Craig-Wyden and Payment-In-Lieu-of-Taxes plans for counties where the federal government owns much of the land, but not without multi-year commitments that local government can count on for schools and roads. [1]

Deficit and Earmarks

Minnick pledges to oppose any new spending that does not specify where the funding will come from. He also opposes earmarks, and says he will work to end the practice. [1]

The Economy

Minnick says he will work to partner federal agencies with local businesses to create more jobs, especially ones that are focused on using alternative energies to promote energy independence. He says this plan will be funded by eliminating tax breaks for oil companies and getting the rich who leave the country to avoid taxes to pay their taxes. [1]


Minnick supports expanding funding for Pell grants, and reforming No Child Left Behind so that communities and local government have more input and control over standards while still receiving federal funding. [1]


Walter Minnick is CEO of TJ International, a $700 million public company in the forestry industry headquartered in Idaho Co-founder and CEO of SummerWinds Garden Centers, Inc., the 10th largest independent garden center company in the United States. [2]

2008 elections

Minnick was the Democratic nominee seeking to challenge Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) in the 2008 congressional elections.[3][4][5] Minnick defeated Bill Sali in the November 2008 general election. [6]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Walter Minnick. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00006288&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>

Committees and affiliations


Minnick will serve on the House Committee on Financial Services


More background data


Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Walt on the Issues
  2. Walter Minnick About Page
  3. 2008 Race Tracker page on Idaho's 1st Congressional District
  4. Official Walter Minnick for Congress website
  5. Jill Kuraitis, "Andrus Says Minnick Can Win," New West, November 14, 2007.
  6. "Idaho 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

Wikipedia also has an article on Walter Minnick. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services
110th Congress
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
staff assistant to former President Richard M. Nixon,White House Domestic Council,deputy assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 33 E. Broadway Avenue, Ste. 251, Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: (208) 888-3188 / Fax: (208) 888-0894
2. 310 Main Street, Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: (208) 743-1388 / Fax: (208) 743-0247
3. 1900 Northwest Boulevard, Ste. 106, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Phone: (208) 667-0127 / Fax: (208) 667-0130

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Date of Birth: September 20, 1942