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Tom Petri
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 6
Incumbent
In office
April 3, 1979-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 35
PartyRepublican
PredecessorWilliam A. Steiger (R)
Leadership
Delegate to Republican state conventions
1973-present
White House aide
1969-1970
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedApril 3, 1979
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Senate
1973-1979
Education
High schoolLowell P. Goodrich High School, WI
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdayMay 28, 1940
Place of birthMarinette, WI
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$2,747,0511
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Evert "Tom" Petri (b. May 28, 1940, in Marinette, Wisconsin) 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 a special election in 1979. He was re-elected in 2012.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Petri spent a year volunteering with the Peace Corps and also served as a White House aide.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Petri is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

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.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Petri's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 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

2013-2014

Petri serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-12

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

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

Political action committees

Petri commented on the role and reputation of lobbyists while visiting Columbia county as part of his 2013 Listening Sessions. Petri explained that political action committees allow citizens to play an active role in government, even when they can't go to Washington themselves.

“It’s a strange thing,” Petri said. “People always like free speech, the right to petition their government and the right to free association — but they don’t like lobbyists. “It’s not much of a right,” he said, “if you’re from a farm outside of Portage and you can’t go off to Washington, D.C., every day — but you can join the Farm Bureau.”[5]

Elections

2012

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.[6] He faced Democrat Joe Kallas in the general election on November 6,2012.[7]

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" (dead link)
Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Petri Incumbent 82.3% 73,653
Lauren Stephens 17.7% 15,867
Total Votes 89,520

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sensenbrenner is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sensenbrenner raised a total of $4,788,502 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[25]

Tom Petri's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $743,349
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $737,019
2008 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $769,225
2006 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $645,367
2004 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $698,042
2002 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $551,556
2000 US House (Wisconsin, District 6) Won $643,944
Grand Total Raised $4,788,502

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Petri's reports.[26]

Tom Petri (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]7/15/2013$919,744.12$57,150.21$(71,935.81)$904,958.52
July Quarterly[28]7/14/2013$904,958.52$137,830.27$(58,087.22)$984,701.57
Running totals
$194,980.48$(130,023.03)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Petri's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Petri won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Petri's campaign committee raised a total of $743,349 and spent $672,015.[29]

Cost per vote

Petri spent $3.01 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[30]

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[31]

Petri most often votes with:

Petri least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Petri is a "centrist Republican," as of June 27, 2013.[32]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Petri missed 220 of 20,103 roll call votes from February 1979 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Petri's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $9,526,024 and $45,414,998. That averages to $27,470,511, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 2.26% from 2010.[35]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[36]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Petri was 1 of 2 members who ranked 189th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[37]

2011

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.[38]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Petri voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 177th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[39]

Personal

Petri and his wife, Anne, have one child.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Thomas Evert Petri," Accessed November 19, 2011
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 19, 2011
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Portage Daily Register "Petri getting to know county," Accessed July 8, 2013
  6. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  7. WISN "Primary Results"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Historical Election Archive "Wisconsin U.S. House Elections, 1848-2008" April 3, 1979
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Petri," Accessed April 18, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Petri 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  27. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  28. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Petri's Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Tom Petri 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 19, 2011
  31. OpenCongress, "Tom Petri," Accessed August 8, 2013
  32. Gov Track "Tom Petri," Accessed June 27, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Petri," Accessed April 11, 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Tom Petri," Accessed September 7, 2012
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Petri (R-WI), 2011"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Tom Petri (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Steiger
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 6th District
1979-Present
Succeeded by
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