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.
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.
Herger earned the dubious distinction of winning a contest open to all 435 Representatives for  "lamest incumbent campaign website".
- CQ Politics in America 2006
- http://vote.ss.ca.gov/Returns/usrep/0259.htm U.S. Congress, 2nd District, primary results, June 2006
- http://www.house.gov/herger/ Official website
- http://www.wallyherger.com/ Campaign website
- http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/ca02_109.gif Map of 2nd Congressional District of California
- http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/pfd2003/N00007584_2003.pdf Wally Herger's Financial Disclosure Statement for Calendar Year 2003
- http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/h000528/ Voting record maintained by the Washington Post