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Rep. Thomas “Tom” Petri

Former Representative for Wisconsin’s 6th District

Petri was the representative for Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1979 to 2014.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2014 Petri was investigated for performing official work on behalf of companies in which he had a financial interest from 2008 to 2013. The House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action. Petri announced in November 2014 he would not seek reelection.

Jul. 2, 2014 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Dec. 11, 2014 House Committee on Ethics recommended no further action
November 2014 Petri announced he would not seek reelection.
Photo of Rep. Thomas “Tom” Petri [R-WI6, 1979-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Petri.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Petri is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Petri sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Petri was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Petri sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (34%) Taxation (20%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Labor and Employment (11%) Social Welfare (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Petri’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Petri voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Petri voted Aye

Petri voted No

Petri voted Aye

Petri voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Petri voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Feb 1979 to Dec 2014, Petri missed 233 of 21,223 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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