Illinois's 8th District (IL - 08)
Joe Walsh has a long history of personal financial struggles. In 2010, Joe Walsh was sued by his ex-wife for failing to pay over $100,000 in back child support. She went to court repeatedly to get him to pay up. Her lawsuit showed that Walsh did not pay his child support, but managed to loan his political campaign $35,000 and take vacations to Mexico and Italy. Walsh had his congressional wages garnished to repay the back child support he owed and finally settled the case earlier this year.
Joe Walsh’s Ex-Wife Sued him for Over $100,000 in Child Support. In December 2010, Walsh’s wife filed court document alleging that Walsh owed her more than $100,000 in child support. Court documents show “Laura Walsh went to court repeatedly over the past nine years to get him to pay up, sometimes even asking the court to garnish his wages, court records show.” [Chicago Sun-Times, 7/27/11]
Walsh Loaned His Campaign $35,000; Took Vacations to Italy and Mexico. Walsh told his ex-wife he could not afford to make payments, yet campaign finance disclosures show he loaned his campaign $35,000. Walsh’s ex-wife also claimed that Walsh and his girlfriend took trips to Mexico and Italy. [Chicago Sun-Times, 7/27/11]
Walsh’s Wages Were Garnished. In August 2011, the Daily Herald reported that Walsh’s wages were being garnished as part of his ex-wife’s child support suit against him. [Daily Herald, 8/14/11]
Walsh Settled the Case in April 2012. In April 2012, Walsh announced that he and his ex-wife had settled the lawsuit. [Chicago Sun-Times, 4/19/12]