The Source For News On Capitol Hill Since 1955

Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

Sorry, you are using an old browser that can't display this interactive. Install the free Google Chrome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer, or use a modern browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox or a mobile device, such as an iPad, to view this page.

Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.)


Biography
District: 6th District
Political Highlights: Wis. Senate, 1973-79; Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, 1974; U.S. House, 1979-2015
Born: May 28, 1940; Marinette, Wis.
Residence: Fond du Lac
Religion: Lutheran
Family: Wife, Anne Neal Petri; one child
Education: Harvard U., A.B. 1962; Harvard U., J.D. 1965
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1979 (17th full term)
Committee Assignments: Education & the Workforce (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Higher Education & Workforce Training); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation; Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management; Highways & Transit - Chairman)

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2012generalTom Petri (R) 223,46062.1
Joseph Kallas (D) 135,92137.8
2010generalTom Petri (R) 183,27170.7
Joseph Kallas (D) 75,92629.3
2008generalTom Petri (R) 221,87563.7
Roger Kittelson (D) 126,09036.2
2006generalTom Petri (R) 201,36798.9
2004generalTom Petri (R) 238,62067.0
Jef Hall (D) 107,20930.1
Carol Ann Rittenhouse (WG) 10,0812.8
2002generalTom Petri (R) 169,83499.2
2000generalTom Petri (R) 179,20565.0
Daniel Flaherty (D) 96,12534.9
1998generalTom Petri (R) 144,14492.6
Timothy Farness (TAX) 11,2677.2
1996generalTom Petri (R) 169,21373.0
Al Lindskoog (D) 55,37723.9
James Dean (LIBERT) 4,4941.9
Timothy Farness (TAX) 2,5321.1
1994generalTom Petri (R) 119,38499.5
1992generalTom Petri (R) 143,87552.9
Peggy Lautenschlager (D) 128,23247.1
1990generalTom Petri (R) 111,036100.0
1988generalTom Petri (R) 165,92374.0
Joseph Garrett (D) 57,55226.0
1986generalTom Petri (R) 124,32897.0
1984generalTom Petri (R) 170,27176.0
1982generalTom Petri (R) 111,34865.0
1980generalTom Petri (R) 143,98059.0
Roll Call Vitals

9th

on the House Seniority List

Fellow Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) is 8th.

29th

Wisconsin is 29th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Tom Petri has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.



Tom Petri is ranked 25th on the 50 Richest Members of Congress list.









Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.