Tom Tiffany

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Tom Tiffany
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Wisconsin State Senate District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 7, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly District 35
2011-2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity Wisconsin-River Falls, 1980
Personal
Birthday12/30/1957
Place of birthWabasha, MN
ProfessionAgriculture and Petroleum business
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Thomas Tiffany is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Tiffany served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 35 from 2011 to 2013.

Biography

Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, holding a B.S. in Agricultural Economics.

Tiffany worked for seven years for a farm supply cooperative in Southern Minnesota before moving to the Rhinelander Region. In 1991, he began a small excursion business, Wisconsin River Cruises. He also served on the Minocqua-Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for eight years and served as president for two years of the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Chamber of Commerce.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tiffany served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism, Vice-Chair
Natural Resources
Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue, Chair
Administrative Rules
Tax Exemptions

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tiffany served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Tiffany's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Building Jobs - Top priority is to bring business and more jobs to Northern Wisconsin.
  • Real tax relief - Supports a limit on property tax increases to under the rate of inflation.
  • DNR reform - Supports a more accountable DNR and wants to structurally reform the agency.
  • Government mandates - Opposes forced mandates on local governments.

Elections

2012

Tiffany won election in the 2012 election for the Wisconsin State Senate, District 12 seat. He ran unopposed in the primary election and defeated Susan Sommer (D) and Paul Ehlers (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Wisconsin State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Susan Sommer 40.5% 36,809
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tiffany 56.2% 51,176
     Libertarian Paul Ehlers 3.3% 2,964
     - Scattering 0% 45
Total Votes 90,994

2010

Tiffany was elected to the District 35 Assembly seat. He defeated Democrat Jay Schmelling in the November 2 general election. He defeated Republican Jeremy Cordova in the September 14 primary.[2]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 35 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Tiffany (R) 11,830
Jay Schmelling (D) 8,515



Wisconsin State Assembly, District 35 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Tiffany (R) 3,708 63.77%
Jeremy Cordova (R) 2,107 36.23%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tiffany is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Tiffany raised a total of $842,961 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[3]

Tom Tiffany's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Senate, District 12 Won $260,501
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 35 Won $77,025
2008 Wisconsin State Senate, District 12 Defeated $286,189
2004 Wisconsin State Senate, District 12 Defeated $219,246
Grand Total Raised $842,961

2012

Tiffany won election to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tiffany raised a total of $260,501.
Wisconsin State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Tiffany's campaign in 2012
Shannon, Wallace$1,500
Shannon, Jean$1,500
Pitlik, Kent$1,500
Klune, Edward J$1,500
Solberg, Trygve A$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$260,501
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tiffany won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Tiffany raised a total of $77,025.

2008

Tiffany lost the election for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Tiffany raised a total of $286,189.

2004

Tiffany lost the election for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Tiffany raised a total of $219,246.

Personal

Tiffany and his wife, Christine Scully, have three children. They currently live in Hazelhurst.

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2014

In 2014, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

Legislators are scored on their stances on voting, money in politics and democracy reform legislation.
Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against NPCW's position.
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against the Wisconsin AFL-CIO's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

2012

In 2012, the Wisconsin State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 16.

Legislators are scored on "how well [their votes] represented the priorities of the MMAC."
Legislators are scored on whether they voted for or against the Wisconsin AFL-CIO's position.
Legislators are scored on their stances on conservation issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation WMC deemed as "most important issues for the business community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on legislation that "impact Wisconsin's law enforcement community."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental bills.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Holperin (D)
Wisconsin State Senate District 12
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 35
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Mary Czaja (R)