|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 6|
|January 3, 1979-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||36|
|Delegate to Republican state conventions|
|White House aide|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 1978|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Wisconsin State Senate|
|High school||Lowell P. Goodrich High School, WI|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Date of birth||May 28, 1940|
|Place of birth||Marinette, WI|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
- 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
Petri serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Chair
Petri was a member of the following House committees:
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation Chair
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Petri voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
|U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Tom Petri Incumbent||62.1%||223,460|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)|
On November 2, 2010, Petri won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Joseph C. Kallas (D).
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 6, 2010|
|Republican||Thomas E. Petri Incumbent||70.7%||183,271|
|Democratic||Joseph C. Kallas||29.3%||75,926|
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 6, 2006|
|Republican||Tom Petri Incumbent||98.9%||201,367|
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 6, 2002|
|Republican||Tom Petri Incumbent||99.2%||169,834|
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 6, 2000|
|Republican||Tom Petri Incumbent||65%||179,205|
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|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2012||$981,207.46||$85,788.11||$(85,921.07)||$981,074.50|
|July Quarterly||July 11, 2012||$981,074.50||$129,707.76||$(132,094.35)||$978,687.91|
|October Quarterly||October 5, 2012||$930,103.58||$75,237.35||$(75,660.67)||$929,680.26|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 6th District, 2010 - Tom Petri Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$23,000|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Petri ranked 208th in the conservative rankings.
Percentage voting with party
Petri voted with the Republican Party 85.3% of the time, which ranked 227 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.
Petri and his wife, Anne, have one child.
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- Gov Track "Petri" Accessed May 25, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Thomas Evert Petri," Accessed November 19, 2011
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 19, 2011
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
- WISN "Primary Results"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom Petri's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom Petri's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Tom Petri's October Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012
- Open Secrets "Tom Petri 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 19, 2011
- LegiStorm, "Tom Petri," Accessed September 7, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Tom Petri (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 19, 2011
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