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Biographical Profile for James T. Walsh
Previous Candidate for Rep. In Congress District 25, New York
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Party: New York Republican State Committee
Phone: (315) 471-9154
Address: 400 Broadview Drive
Syracuse, NY 13215
 
James T. Walsh's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Congressman Jim Walsh has risen in the ranks to become one of Congress' most influential members. He is currently one of ten chairmen of the House Appropriations Subcommittees, commonly referred to as "the College of Cardinals" because of their influence on national spending policies.

In the current 109th Congress, Mr. Walsh is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. As Chair of MilQual, the third largest of the 10 appropriations budgets at approximately $115 billion, Mr. Walsh has spending oversight for all Department of Defense installation construction/improvement and military family housing accounts, Defense health programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Walsh is also a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Of particular interest to many in New York State, Mr. Walsh proudly serves as Chairman of the Friends of Ireland, having been first named to that post by the Speaker of the House in 1995. He also serves as co-chair of the U.S.-Irish Interparliamentary Group.

Mr. Walsh chaired an historic Congressional Delegation in 1995, accompanying President Clinton to Northern Ireland for the first such visit by a sitting U.S. President. Subsequently, Mr. Walsh has led other delegations and was a member of the Distinguished Delegation to accompany President Clinton to Ireland in 1998 following ratification of the Good Friday Agreement. For his work in promoting the Irish Peace Process, Walsh was presented with a 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.

During his tenure as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Affairs, Mr. Walsh led Congress' restoration of the U.S. Botanic Garden. Established by Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Since 1849 the Garden has been located at the eastern end of th [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
A Central New York native, Congressman Jim Walsh was born in Syracuse to the former Mary Dorsey and William F. Walsh in 1947. An avid sportsman who hunts, fishes and skis on a regular basis, Mr. Walsh and his wife have three grown children. They live in the Town of Onondaga and are parishioners at Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Following graduation from St. Bonaventure University, Jim Walsh joined the Peace Corps where he was stationed in Nepal and worked as an agriculture extension agent introducing improved varieties of wheat, corn, and rice.
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
Jim worked as a Social Services case worker for Onondaga County and as a telephone company executive. He is the former Director of the Telecommunication Institute at SUNY Institute of Technology located just north of Utica.
Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
None
Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Mr. Walsh is active in civic and charitable organizations. To name a few, he is a board member of the Erie Canal Museum, Vera House, the Everson Museum of Art, and the Syracuse Children's Chorus.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
In 1977, Jim ran for Third District Common Councilor in the City of Syracuse, a position he served in until his election to President of the Syracuse Common Council in 1985.
Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Roman Catholic.
Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Congressman Walsh has risen in the ranks to become one of Congress' most influential members. He is currently one of ten chairmen of the House Appropriations Subcommittees, commonly referred to as "the College of Cardinals" because of their influence on national spending policies.

In the current 109th Congress, Mr. Walsh is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. As Chair of MilQual, the third largest of the 10 appropriations budgets at approximately $115 billion, Mr. Walsh has spending oversight for all Department of Defense installation construction/improvement and military family housing accounts, Defense health programs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Walsh is nationally recognized as a leader in child nutrition through his support of the WIC Program (Women with Infants and Children) and TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) and as sponsor of the "Hunger Has a Cure" bill in the House of Representatives.

In 1999, Walsh was the author and primary sponsor of the "Newborn and Infant Screening and Intervention Program Act."
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