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Tom Petri
Tom Petri.jpg
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 6
In office
January 3, 1979-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 35
Delegate to Republican state conventions
White House aide
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 1978
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Senate
High schoolLowell P. Goodrich High School, WI
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard Law School
BirthdayMay 28, 1940
Place of birthMarinette, WI
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Evert "Tom" Petri (b. May 28, 1940) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Petri represents the 6th congressional district of Wisconsin and was first elected to the House in 1978. He was re-elected in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Petri is a "centrist Republican".[1]


After earning his law degree from Harvard University, Petri was a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge James Doyle. He went into the Peace Corps and then became a White House aide. Petri also worked in private practice as a lawyer.[2]


  • 1979-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1973-1979: Wisconsin State Senate
  • 1969-1970: White House aide
  • 1966-1967: Peace Corps volunteer
  • 1965: Clerk to district court judge

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Petri is a member of the following House committees[3]:



See also: Wisconsin's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Petri ran for re-election in 2012. He defeated Lauren Stephens in the August 14 Republican primary.[4] He faces Democrat Joe Kallas in the general election on November 6,2012.[5]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Kallas 37.8% 135,921
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Petri Incumbent 62.1% 223,460
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 364
Total Votes 359,745
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Petri won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Joseph C. Kallas (D).[6]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 6, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas E. Petri Incumbent 70.7% 183,271
     Democratic Joseph C. Kallas 29.3% 75,926
Total Votes 259,197


On November 4, 2008, Petri won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Roger Kittelson in the general election.[7]


On November 7, 2006, Petri won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[8]


On November 2, 2004, Petri won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jeff Hall and Carol Ann Rittenhouse in the general election.[9]


On November 5, 2002, Petri won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the general election.[10]


On November 7, 2000, Petri won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Dan Flaherty in the general election.[11]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Petri's reports.

Tom Petri Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$981,207.46$85,788.11$(85,921.07)$981,074.50
July Quarterly[13]July 11, 2012$981,074.50$129,707.76$(132,094.35)$978,687.91
October Quarterly[14]October 5, 2012$930,103.58$75,237.35$(75,660.67)$929,680.26
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Petri's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Petri won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Petri's campaign committee raised a total of $737,019 and spent $720,045.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 6th District, 2010 - Tom Petri Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $737,019
Total Spent $720,045
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $6,941
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $7,307
Top contributors to Tom Petri's campaign committee
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn$15,000
AMR Corp$10,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000
Boeing Co$10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Air Transport$109,450
Transportation Unions$39,500
Construction Services$39,500
Building Trade Unions$23,000


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Petri paid his congressional staff a total of $1,028,882 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Petri's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $10,346,025 to $45,865,999. That averages to $28,106,012, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Petri voted with the Republican Party 85.3% of the time, which ranked 227 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]


Petri and his wife, Anne, have one child.[19]

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External links


  1. Gov Track "Petri" Accessed May 25, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Thomas Evert Petri," Accessed November 19, 2011
  3. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 19, 2011
  4. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  5. WISN "Primary Results"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Petri's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Petri's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Petri's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
  15. Open Secrets "Tom Petri 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 19, 2011
  16. LegiStorm, "Tom Petri," Accessed September 7, 2012
  17., "Tom Petri (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  19. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Steiger
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 6th District
Succeeded by