Tom Petri

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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
Cost per vote$3.01 in 2012
First electedApril 3, 1979
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
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$25,638,511
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.

He is running for re-election in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Petri requested an ethics investigation of himself on February 17, 2014. He said he is requesting the investigation in order to end "innuendo" related to his congressional actions and personal stock portfolio.[1]

“To end any questions, I am requesting that the Committee formally review the matter and report back,” he wrote.[1]

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.[2]

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.[2]

Career

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

2013-2014

Petri serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Petri was a member of the following House committees[4]:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Petri's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Petri voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Petri voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Petri voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Petri voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Petri voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Petri joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Petri voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Petri voted against HR 2775.[21]

Petri said he doubted the government would shut down in September 2013. He said, "I think the goal is not to shut down the government, the goal is to get a budget that makes some progress at reducing our deficit and hopefully strengthening the foundations for our economy," Petri said. "We're in a - some have described as a sort of a ping-pong process of both between the parties and between some factions within the parties, and some people are saying, 'Why don't you guys just all get together and agree?'" He added that compromise would be necessary, "I think it's started to dawn on some of the newer representatives who maybe haven't gone through these shutdowns before that they're going to have to get their job done."[22]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Petri voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[23] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Petri voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Petri voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Petri voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[28]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[29]

Controversy

Plum Creek Timber

Petri and his wife own between $65,000 and $100,000 worth of shares in a Plum Creek Timber, a Washington state-based timber company that is pushing for passage of a bill currently before the transportation subcommittee that Petri chairs.[30]

Lee Brooks, a spokesperson for Petri, said the legislation is supported by a huge coalition based in Wisconsin, and declined to say if Petri knew about Plum Creek’s interest in the bill before the committee when he bought shares in the company.[30] Plum Creek spokeswoman Kathy Budinick said the company was not aware of Petri’s stock in the company.[30]

Ethics investigation

Petri requested an ethics investigation of himself on February 17, 2014. He said he is requesting the investigation in order to end "innuendo" related to his congressional actions and personal stock portfolio.[1]

“To end any questions, I am requesting that the Committee formally review the matter and report back,” he wrote.[1]

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.

He said, “It’s a strange thing. 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, 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.”[31]

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Petri is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 6th District. Petri is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[32] He faced Democrat Joe Kallas in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

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)
U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 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 Petri is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Petri raised a total of $4,788,502 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[51]

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 prior to his announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[52]

Tom Petri (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[53]July 15, 2013$919,744.12$57,150.21$(71,935.81)$904,958.52
July Quarterly[54]July 14, 2013$904,958.52$137,830.27$(58,087.22)$984,701.57
October Quarterly[55]October 12, 2013$984,701.57$62,194.60$(79,459.05)$967,437.12
Year-end[56]January 31, 2014$967,437$56,807$(67,268)$956,975
Running totals
$313,982.08$(276,750.08)

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.[57]

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.[58]

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.[59]

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.[60]

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.[61]

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.[62]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Petri's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $6,011,023 to $45,265,999. That averages to $25,638,511, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Petri ranked as the 25th most wealthy representative in 2012.[63]

Tom Petri Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$25,638,511-6.67%
2011$27,470,511-97.04%
2010$928,106,012N/A

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.[64]

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.[65]

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.[66]

Personal

Petri and his wife, Anne, have one child.[2]

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References

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Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Steiger
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 6th District
1979-Present
Succeeded by
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