About Samuel Wurzelbacher - "Joe the Plumber"

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher was born in Toledo in 1973 to Kay and Frank Wurzelbacher and graduated from Springfield High School in Holland, OH.

AirForce.jpgLike many young men graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Air Force looking for adventure, a career, and a way to serve the country he loves.  What he found was the true definition of courage, values that were expected to be played out in day to day life, and a great respect for selfless leadership. While in the Air Force, Joe attended tech school at Sheppard Air Force Base to be a plumber and was then stationed in Alaska and North Dakota. Yes, he really is a plumber.   


Joe left the Air Force in 1996 a little bit wiser and loving his country even more.  He worked as a plumber for several years until eventually securing an opportunity in a growing industry.  He spent the next few years in the emerging telecommunications sector, ultimately working his way up to the position of Communications Engineer.

“Once you have children, you become secondary.  Your children become the priority.”  It was this philosophy that has guided Joe since the birth of his son Joey on the floor of his Eielson Air Force Base quarters near North Pole, Alaska in 1996.  When his marriage ended several years later, and as a newly single father, Joe quickly realized that the high pressure life of a Communications Engineer was not conducive to raising his son and as such, made the tough decision to take the salary cut and go back into plumbing.  He sought, and was eventually granted custody of Joey in the spring of 2008, amidst great financial hardship.  Joe will be the first to tell anyone, he has never and will never regret the decisions he made during that trying time and feels that he and Joey have the good relationship they have today because he put family first.

Then... in walked candidate Barack Obama.

Joe could not have know the consequences of confronting the future President that day.  His intention was not to illicit Obama’s now infamous “spread the wealth around” admission, but rather to ask him how his tax policy would affect Joe’s plans to purchase a small plumbing business.  Nevertheless, the encounter thrust him into the political world of lies, distortion and half-truths.

Joe lost his job and the secure life he was building because of his encounter that day.  And he, along with the rest of the country, has watched as now President Obama has made good on his threat to “spread the wealth around.”  It’s not working for us.  It is Joe’s firm belief that the Federal government must exercise the fiscal restraint that all American families value.  

Spending more than you have and asking your children to become a slave to pay for your irresponsibility is unconscionable--no matter which political party you belong to.  Joe is committed to the principle of fiscal responsibility in all forms of civic engagement.  

Joe recently married the love of his life, Katie.  He and his family are committed to furthering the promise of life, liberty, and happiness as outlined by our founding fathers.  Joe looks forward to serving the citizens of Ohio’s 9th District in the near future.

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John S commented 2012-10-14 05:57:50 -0400 · Flag
My wife and I live in Cleveland and have watched the liberal democrats destroy this city. Joe the plumber has our vote because we must break the one party rule over our lives.
D Thomas commented 2012-10-12 22:40:53 -0400 · Flag
Why is the photo up top from basic training? Is that the best photo you could pick from your service record?
@Spangeworthy tweeted link to this page. 2012-09-26 04:07:35 -0400
Brilliant. Joe the Plumber stands for election. (he wants to kill a lot of Mexicans). http://t.co/P9n6V7UE
 

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