Freshman Class of the 112th Congress

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Joe Walsh (R-8th District)

About: After two unsuccessful runs for elective office, the 49-year-old Walsh broke through with a shocking, razor-thin upset (291 votes) of incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean. Walsh has held a variety of jobs, including working for an inner-city jobs program, teaching American history at Oakton Community College, managing a scholarship fund for low income students and, most recently, raising venture capital at a small Chicago firm. Walsh has been tapped to serve on the Homeland Security, Small Business, and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

Election Results:
Joe Walsh (R): 48.5%
Melissa Bean (D): 48.3%


Bob Dold (R-10th District)

About: Prior to winning in November, the 41-year-old Dold ran his family owned business, Rose Pest Solutions. Dold will serve on the House Financial Services Committee.

Election Results:
Bob Dold (R): 51.2%
Dan Seals (D): 48.8%


Adam Kinzinger (R-11th District)

About: Just 32 years old, Kinzinger is widely considered to be one the GOP’s rising stars. Kinzinger was elected to the McLean County Board while still in college, then joined the U.S. Air Force in 2003 and served three tours of duty in Iraq before leaving the service in 2009 to run for office, defeating incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson easily in November. Kinzinger was chosen by Speaker-elect John Boehner to be part of the House transition team. He has also been tapped to sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Election Results:
Adam Kinzinger (R): 57.5%
Debbie Halvorson (D): 42.5%


Randy Hultgren (R-14th District)

About: The 44-year-old Hultgren served four terms in the Illinois State House and two terms in the Illinois State Senate before winning back the seat formerly held by Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. Hultgren will serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Election Results:
Randy Hultgren (R): 51.4%
Bill Foster (D): 45.0%


Bobby Schilling (R-17th District)

About: A tea party favorite and 46-year-old father of 10 who owns Saint Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza in East Moline, Ill., Schilling won this seat easily from incumbent Democrat Phil Hare. He will serve on the Armed Services Committee and the Agriculture Committee.

Election Results:
Bobby Schilling (R): 52.6%
Phil Hare (D): 43.0%

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