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Walter William (Wally) Herger, Jr. (born May 20 1945) is an LDS member of the of the United States House of Representatives. A member since 1987, representing the 2nd District of California, including Chico, Redding, and Red Bluff, CA. He was born in Yuba City, California, graduated American River College with an Associates of Arts and attended California State University, Sacramento for a year.

He grew up on his family’s 200-acre cattle ranch and plum farm in the northern Californian town of Rio Oso (between Yuba City and Sacramento, California). He also worked in the family’s oil and gas business. Prior to his election to the House, Herger was a member of the California State Assembly (1980-1986). Herger is married to his second wife Pamela Sargent and has eight children. He sits on the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Human Resources.

Although he is the fourth ranking member on the Ways and Means committee, Herger is not expected to enter the race to succeed chairman Bill Thomas when Thomas steps down in January 2007.

Election campaigns

Herger has always been reelected to Congress easily. He is always challenged by Democratic candidates, however, as well as candidates from the Natural Law Party and Libertarian Party. In 2002 and 2004, Herger defeated Democrat Mike Johnson, winning 67% of the vote in 2004. In 2006, Herger faced Arjinderpal Sekhon and received 64% of the vote.[1]


Herger earned the dubious distinction of winning a contest open to all 435 Representatives for [2] "lamest incumbent campaign website".


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